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The four main goals that we hope accomplish through Participatory Budgeting Vallejo:
1. Improve our city
- Improve the infrastructure of the City, assist in enhancing the public safety of citizens, and to improve the quality of life for residents through the creation of and payment for projects without the expenditure of Measure B funds for salary expenses.
- Build a new spirit of civic pride and raise the profile of Vallejo on the regional, state, and national levels.
- Ensure that all members of our community have a voice.
- Engage those who are traditionally underrepresented in politics, who face obstacles to participating, or who feel disillusioned with the political process.
- Increase public involvement in civic life in Vallejo. To the extent applicable, public meetings will comply with the open meeting requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act.
- Empower Vallejoans with the skills and knowledge they need to shape our city’s future.
- Build leadership from the bottom up and forge deeper ties between residents, neighborhoods, and communities.
- Increase transparency and accountability of local government to community stakeholders.
- Improve communication and collaboration between local government and the community.
- Support a framework within government for decision-making that promotes a more just and equitable city.
In 2012, the Vallejo City Council established the first city-wide Participatory Budgeting (PB) process in the United States, where ordinary residents directly decided how to spend a portion of the city budget. Through PB, Vallejo residents and stakeholders share ideas, develop project proposals, residents vote on projects, and the approved list of projects that receive the most votes are submitted to City Council for consideration.
In the 2012-2013 PB process, 12 projects were created and recommended by Vallejo residents, and City Council approved $3.28 million in funding.
In 2014, 8 more projects were created and recommended by residents, and City Council approved $2.4 million in funding.
For more information, please visit www.pbvallejo.org.
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