Participatory Budget Committee

Participatory Budget Voting Information

Voting runs March 16, 2023 through March 31, 2023.

To vote, you must reside in the City of Asbury Park AND be at least 14 years old. Eligible voters may cast only ONE ballot to vote for ONE project of their choice. 

Your vote will decide which projects will be funded with the $250,000 budget. All projects were submitted by your friends and neighbors.

Winning projects will be announced on April 12, 2023 at a public meeting, posted on this page and shared on social media.

Project Presentations

To view PDF files of the presentations, click here

View the video below of the 3/15 Public Meeting where project proposals were

How to vote: 

  • To vote onlineclick here.

  • To vote in-person, visit City Hall (1 Municipal Plaza) Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

  • To vote by mail, send to City of Asbury Park, Attn: Participatory Budget, 1 Municipal Plaza, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Paper ballots can be picked up at City Hall Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, or click here for a printable PDF.

Para una boleta en español, haga clic aquí, o recoja una copia en el Ayuntamiento de lunes a viernes de 9 am a 5 pm.

What is Participatory Budgeting?

Participatory Budgeting, a democratic process where community members recommend to their government how to spend part of the public budget, is currently practiced in over 3,000 cities around the world, mostly at the municipal level. The process allows for the equitable distribution of funds through direct resident representation and input from community members.

Mayor and City Council are pleased to announce the launch of the City of Asbury Park Participatory Budget Program to directly involve residents, ages 14 and older, in deciding how to spend $250,000 of the City’s budget. Residents can submit their idea for a capital project to improve community spaces, such as improvements to parks, gardens, playground equipment, lights, sidewalks, streets, alleys, bike lanes, etc.

The Participatory Budget Committee, comprised of local residents and City staff, will consolidate similar ideas, determine feasibility, establish a budget and outline a proposal for each project. All projects will then be presented at a public meeting to be voted on by the community. Projects that receive the most votes will be adopted into the City’s budget.

To be considered for the ballot, all proposed projects must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be capital projects which will serve the general public’s benefit
  • Must have an expected five years life or more 
  • Must have a low or relatively low maintenance cost 
  • Must be on public property such as parks, borough buildings (not school property)
     streets and sidewalks. 

Click here for an interactive map of City-owned property. For a PDF of the map, click here.

Attention City of Asbury Park Residents Ages 14 Years & Older! 

Vote for Projects to Improve 

Asbury Park! 

Public Meeting 3/15 at 7pm

Join us on Wednesday, 3/15 at 7pm in Council Chambers for a public meeting to hear the ideas submitted by residents for improving spaces in our community through the City’s first annual Participatory Budget program.

Voting Runs 3/16 through 3/31

Then vote for the project you’d like to see in Asbury Park! Voting begins Thursday, 3/16 and continues through Friday, 3/31. Vote online at Paper ballots can be picked up at City Hall, or printed from the website, and returned by mail or in-person during the voting period. One vote per resident age 14 years and older.

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