Participatory Budget Committee
*** Please note: Submissions for the Participatory Budget Program are currently being reviewed to vet details and confirm costs. Due to the high volume of responses, the process is taking longer than anticipated. Once the vetting process is complete, a special town hall meeting will be held to present the ideas and the voting period will be set. We anticipate voting to take place before the end of the year.***
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, 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.