FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2019
City of Kingston
Launches 2019 Participatory Budgeting Survey
Now Open for Uptown, Midtown and Downtown Neighborhoods
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble is
pleased to announce the release of the 2019
Participatory Budgeting Project Survey, which is now open to the
public. The survey includes all of the proposed projects submitted by community
members either online, by mail, or at one of the three public workshops held
throughout the city in July, and also includes projects proposed but not chosen
in 2018. Voting is open for residents who live, work or play in the three
Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019ParticipatoryBudgeting
“In this year’s budget we set aside
$20,000 for each of the three business districts to be spent however the
community decides. We hope everyone will weigh in on projects they would like
to see happen in their neighborhood,” said Mayor Noble. “Kingston residents can
vote in more than one district, so for example, if you work in Uptown but live
in Midtown, you are welcome to vote for your favorite projects in both polls.
The deadline to complete the 2019
Participatory Budgeting Survey is Friday, September 6, 2019 at 5:00pm.
Participatory Budgeting is a process in
which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.
For the pilot project in 2018, $15,000 was set aside for improvements or
projects in each business district (Uptown, Midtown and Downtown), for a total
investment of $45,000 to be decided by the public. These funds were allocated
based on revenue received from off-street parking fees. In the 2019 budget,
Mayor Noble set aside $20,000 for each district, for a total of $60,000.
Projects submitted for consideration in
this Participatory Budgeting process will be reviewed by City departments for
feasibility and cost estimates. Some projects may be able to be funded through
alternative funding sources and/or may be included in future grant
applications. If selected projects do not require the full $20,000 allotment,
it is possible multiple projects could be chosen within one district.
Paper copies of the 2019
Participatory Budgeting Survey can be picked up in the Office of
Communications and Community Engagement on the first floor of City Hall at 420
Broadway. Paper surveys are also available for distributing at your local
business, community center or other organization upon request.
More information at: www.kingston-ny.gov/ParticipatoryBudgeting