Citywide Participatory Budgeting Event on Jan 28, 2017

This Citywide Participatory Budgeting event used Zero-Based Budgeting to determine how residents of San José wished to allocate approximately $64M in Neighborhood Services.

The event was held on Jan 28th, 2017 at City Hall in San José, CA. The City has published the results here.

A few photos from the event

If you want to volunteer or train to be a facilitator, click here.

Brief History

The first Citywide Participatory Budgeting Event for the City of San José, CA was held in 2011. Known as the Budget Games, the event transformed how the Mayor’s office engaged with the community during the budgeting process and directly affected the city budget. According to then Assistant City Manager Kip Harkness, “This was the first time the City was told that while police and fire are important, there is a limit to how much we’re willing to cut libraries and parks.” 80% of the recommendations generated by citizen participants were adopted and integrated into the City’s $2.6B budget.

Participatory Budgeting in your District

We encourage all residents to get involved. Click here to learn more about Participatory Budgeting initiatives in your district.