FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2019
Budgeting Project Survey Results to Be Announced at Community Budget Forum
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble will
announce the results of the 2019 Participatory Budgeting Project Survey at the
Community Budget Forum on Tuesday, September 24 at 5:30pm in Council Chambers
at City Hall. The 2019 Participatory Budgeting Project will award $20,000 to a
community project in each of the City of Kingston’s three unique business
districts. The online survey, which was open for voting from August 9-September
6, had nearly 600 total respondents who voted for their preferred projects to
receive the funding.
City staff are currently reviewing the
top-voted projects for cost estimates and will determine a plan for
implementation. It is possible that more than one project in each district will
be funded if the first choice can be implemented for less than $20,000.
Projects not selected by the community or projects that are not feasible due to
cost constraints or other barriers may be included in future planning efforts
and community initiatives.
Participatory Budgeting is a process in
which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.
For the pilot project, $15,000 was set aside for improvements or projects in
each business district (Uptown, Midtown and Downtown), for a total investment
of $45,000. These funds were generated by revenue received from off-street
parking fees. The Mayor set aside $20,000 for each district in the 2019 Adopted
budget toward the new round of Participatory Budgeting.
More info on the 2020 Community Budget
Forum can be found at: https://kingston-ny.gov/news/?FeedID=1040