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ITHACA, N.Y. — The People’s Budget in Ithaca is excited to announce a community gathering set for February 27th, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm at BJM! Come to relax, enjoy refreshments, and discuss how we can invest in and empower our neighborhoods.

The People’s Budget, a municipal system that allows people to vote directly on a portion of the city budget was approved for a pilot year in Ithaca! For the pilot year, projects will be implemented in the 2nd ward (Northside, Southside, and Downtown). Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Ithaca will be able to submit ideas and vote on them!

The process happens in three main parts. First, people will brainstorm ideas for how to spend the money; Then, PB delegates will transform those ideas into official proposals and put together a ballot; Finally, a public vote will decide which projects will be implemented. Below is outline for 2018:

February 27: 1st Community gathering
March 29: 2nd Community gathering
April: Community brainstorming for how to spend PB fund
May: Delegates create official proposals
August (first two weeks): Voting
Late August: Implementation could begin, depending on the project

On February 27th we will have an open space to discuss community needs and how the People’s Budget can address them. What’s important to you, and why? What do you want from our city and community? Come and talk with us at 6:00pm at the Beverly J. Martin school gym on the 27th! We’ll provide food, childcare, and translators (Note: Translators will be available for spanish, thai, burmese, and mandarin).

PB in Ithaca is also recruiting for PB delegates. These are the people who gather ideas for projects, figure out logistics, and organize the vote for each annual PB cycle. If you or someone you know might be interested, you can come to the event to learn more and talk with the PB coordinators! The role is open to all 2nd ward residents, and is a meaningful way to engage with our neighborhood and local government. Please e-mail us by March 1st if you’re interested!

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