Participatory Budgeting Teach-In: Tuesday, June 25

Would you like to decide how your city tax dollars are spent? The New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance (NOCOG)’s budget campaign is trying to make that happen by bringing participatory budgeting to New Orleans.

 

For the past couple of years, NOCOG’s budget campaign has worked to engage residents in the City’s budget process through forums like the Budget Breakdown in July 2011; the publication of plain language guides (on understanding the budget process and how to monitor and evaluate the budget once it has been adopted; and petitioning City Council members to adapt parts of the current process. What we learned is that there are multiple barriers to meaningful engagement in the existing process, and that if we truly want to see change in how residents’ prioritize public spending, we need a new process. Because of this, beginning in December 2012, we began to re-evaluate this campaign and how we can collectively make a concerted push towards adopting participatory budgeting for New Orleans.
Participatory Budgeting is a proven and established mechanism for resident involvement where community membersdirectly decide how to spend part of a public budget. We believe that this process can be provide a more democratic, transparent relationship between residents and government AND establish a system for equitable funding across all neighborhoods in our city. So, we have re-launched this campaign as Participatory Budgeting NOLA (PB NOLA) and want to share, learn and plan together with everyone and anyone that wants to be involved!
We are holding a PB NOLA teach-in on Tuesday, June 25 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte Street. A Flyer for this meeting is at this link and we hope that you will attend in the collective envisioning for equitable public spending in New Orleans!
Even if you cannot make it on June 25th, we will want to hear from you! Please let us know your thoughts about the budget and participatory budget. Also, we can add your email to the list to make sure to inform you of future meetings and events.

If you have any questions about this meeting, please contact Nick Kindel at nolacpp@gmail.com or (504) 267-4665.

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