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Posted on: July 26, 2022

How would YOU invest $500,000 of Public Money?

Participatory budgeting - hands raised

The Town’s first-ever Participatory Budgeting (PB for short) cycle has kicked off, and we need YOUR ideas for how to invest $500,000!

PB is a process where a certain amount of public money is set aside for the community to directly decide how it’s spent (this is different than the Town’s annual operating and capital budgets!).

Process

  1. Submit Ideas - Community submits ideas on how to spend the funds
  2. Proposal Development - Town staff vet ideas for cost and feasibility and develop them into proposals that can be voted on
  3. Vote on Proposals - Residents vote on their favorite proposals
  4. Implementation - Winning projects are implemented

Criteria

There are certain criteria that must be met for the project to be eligible:

  • Benefits the public
  • Are one-time expenditures that cost $500,000 or less
  • Are capital projects (something bought or built)
  • Are implemented by the Town of Lexington on Town property

Example Projects

Examples of projects that you could submit could be:

  • Water fountains in a park
  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • Bicycle repair station
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Planting trees

Fill out this form to submit your idea

The deadline to submit your idea is Friday, September 16.

PB Info Session - August 2

Town staff will host an upcoming info session for those interested in learning more about Participatory Budgeting. Staff will give a brief presentation, and will then open it up to questions from the audience.

Tuesday, August 2
6 PM until 7 PM
Via Zoom

View the details for the PB Info Session

Translation

Translation services are available upon request in Mandarin, Korean, and Hindi. Email Sean Dugan for assistance.

提交您的关于改善莱克星顿想法。可根据要求提供翻译

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Learn More About PB

More information on Participatory Budgeting is available on our PB webpage.

 

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