Participatory Budgeting 

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The Saratoga Springs Finance Department launched a Participatory Budgeting pilot project in Spring of 2022. Participatory Budgeting (PB) is "a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget". The New York Times calls PB "revolutionary civics in action" — "it deepens democracy, builds stronger communities, and creates a more equitable distribution of public resources" (Source).


NEXT MEETING DATE: Monday April 7, 2023 5:30-6:30 PM in the second floor conference room, City Hall 

CYCLE TWO is NOW OPEN! The Committee will be accepting project proposals March 1 - May 1. Workshop and info session dates will be announced in the near future. Stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for more information!

PB Cycle Two, Info Session Dates


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Click Here for the Participatory Budgeting Project Proposal Form


Interested in Joining the Committee?

The Committee is actively seeking interested and community-involved Saratoga Springs residents to join for Cycle 2. There is currently no set start date for Cycle 2 (updates to come). Below, you may find the appropriate links for applying to the PB Committee. Please be advised that the Committee is not currently seeking to fill any open seats for Cycle 1; you may not be contacted until Cycle 2 dates have been confirmed.

Click Here to Apply to be a Member of the Participatory Budgeting Committee

Interested in Joining Us for a Committee Meeting?

All Committee meetings are open to the Public and we encourage you to join us! Meetings are traditionally held in the Second Floor Conference Room of City Hall on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month, though, the schedule varies from time-to-time. For the most accurate meeting dates, please visit the City Calendar link below.

Click Here for the City Calendar of Events 

Still Have Questions? Looking for More Information?

Keep updated on the Participatory Budgeting process and stay-in-the-loop here and our Facebook page (PB Saratoga Springs Facebook Page). Below are some helpful links, including the Saratoga Springs Participatory Budgeting Guidebook.

Click Here for the 2023 Participatory Budgeting Saratoga Springs Guidebook

Other Helpful Links: 

PB Background Information

PB Original Proposal for Pilot PowerPoint

PB Advocacy Leading Organization 

Meet the Committee


Mary Estelle Ryckman


Norah Brennan


Jeff Altamari

Devin Dal Pos

Douglas Gerhardt

Tim Holmes

Danielle Lepper



City of Saratoga Springs Contacts

Commissioner of Finance Minita Sanghvi

518.587.3550 x2577


Deputy Commissioner Heather Crocker

518.857.3550 x2571


Executive Assistant to Commissioner of Finance, Samantha Clemmey

518.587.3550 X2526