The participatory budgeting process includes five main steps, beginning in January 2014 with Budget Assemblies and concluding in October 2014 with a public vote. From March to August, Budget Delegates will transform their communities' initial project ideas into full proposals. They then present their proposals to the public during Project Expos in September 2014 before the public vote in October.
Here's how you can get involved:
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PB is a community-led effort that depends on hundreds of volunteers throughout the year. With the Assemblies just around the corner, we need your help to plan meetings, facilitate small group discussions, and most importantly, to spread the word! Click here to sign up!
Give Your Ideas at a Budget Assembly
At several community meetings across the city, City Staff will present information on the budget funds, and Vallejo residents and stakeholders will meet in small groups to brainstorm project ideas and volunteer as budget delegates.
Assemblies will start in January 2014. Stay tuned for dates, times and locations.
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Become a Budget Delegate
At the Assemblies, community members can volunteer to serve as Budget Delegates. Between March and August, Delegates will go through an orientation and then meet in committees to transform the community’s initial project ideas into full proposals, with support from city departments and agencies.
You can volunteer to serve as a Budget Delegate if you are at least 14 years old and are a resident of Vallejo or its unincorporated areas, or a stakeholder of Vallejo (i.e. you physically work in Vallejo, own a business in Vallejo, attend school in Vallejo, or are parents of children who attend school in Vallejo).
Here's what you'll do as a Budget Delegate:
- Attend one to two meetings per month from March to August, including a Budget Delegate Orientation in February or March
- Review community needs and project ideas from across the city
- Choose and work on a committee that will address the city’s needs (Budget Committees may include, but are not limited to, Transportation, Public Health, Public Safety, Education, Parks, Recreation & Environment, Art & Culture, Housing, Youth)
- Develop proposals for projects, alongside experts from city departments and agencies
- Participate in outreach efforts to educate the community about the PB Vote
- Gain skills and learn about your community and city budgeting
- Get to know your neighbors and the city
- Be a community leader and help shape a new type of democracy!
Attend a Project Expo
In September 2014, Budget Delegates will return to the community to present the project proposals that will be on the ballot. More info to come!
In October 2014, all Vallejo residents ages 16 and older will vote on their top projects. The proposals with the most votes will be sent to City Council for approval.
Sample ballot [pdf]
PB is a community-driven process. And its success relies on hundreds of civic-minded people like you.
Depending on your skills, interests and the time of the year, here are some examples of what you might do as a PB Volunteer:
The Budget Assemblies are right around the corner! Click here to sign up!
- Lead small group discussions
- Design flyers to advertise the expos
- Pass out flyers at a grocery store like Mi Pueblo, the Park & Ride, or the farmer's market
- Work a sign-in table at an assembly
- Be a polling station volunteer at a mobile voting site
- Provide childcare at public meetings
- ...and the list goes on!