Participatory Budget Committee

Participatory Budgeting, a democratic process PB Flyer ENGLISH 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, by 7/31/22 at www.cityofasburypark.com/pbc

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. 

Submit Your Ideas for the Participatory Budget Program by 7/31

Submit Online

To submit the Participatory Budget Program Project Proposal Form online, click here.

Submit by Email

For a PDF of the Participatory Budget Program Project Proposal Form, click here. The completed form can be emailed to tracy.lizardi@cityofasburypark.com.

Submit a Paper Form

For a PDF of the Participatory Budget Program Project Proposal Form, click here. Hard copies of the form can also be picked up at the Finance Department in City Hall. 

The completed form can be mailed to Tracy Lizardi, QPA, City of Asbury Park, 1 Municipal Plaza, Asbury Park NJ 07712 or can be dropped off at City Hall, 1 Municipal Plaza (Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm).

Deadline for submissions:  July 31, 2022