What is Participatory Budgeting?

The Saratoga Springs Finance Department launched a Participatory Budgeting pilot project in the 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" - "[PB] deepens democracy, builds stronger communities, and creates a more equitable distribution of public resources" (source). 


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