FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2019
2019 Participatory Budgeting Project Selections Announced
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to announce the results of the 2019 Participatory Budgeting Project Survey, which 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. The projects with the most votes for each district:
- Provide free breakfast/lunch program for youth when schools are closed: $4,500 to People’s Place
- Repair sidewalks on Fair and Wall Streets – eliminated due to cost restraints
- Plant trees and follow up with regular maintenance and tree pruning: $15,500 to pool resources with the Tree Commission for planting street trees in Uptown
- Pine St. African Burial Ground youth development program for design/community engagement: $20,000 to be awarded to the Kingston Land Trust for implementation
- Add bus services for youth to attend activities and after school programs
- Improve crosswalks and sidewalks
- Fund youth programs, community events, education and wellness centers: $20,000 to be distributed through the Office of Community Development
- Teen employment opportunities / job development / youth work program
- Park clean-up
City staff have reviewed the top-voted projects for cost estimates and have determined a plan for implementation: For Uptown, $4,500 will go to People’s Place to supplement its Bag Summer Hunger, Bag Holiday Hunger and Thanksgiving Feast programs. The remaining $15,500 will go to the Tree Commission for planting street trees in Uptown along with maintenance and regular pruning, as needed. For Midtown, the entire allotment will go to the Kingston Land Trust for implementing the Pine St. Burial Ground youth development program for design and community engagement. For Downtown, the entire allotment will be distributed to youth programs via the City of Kingston’s Office of Community Development. The process for applying for funds will be announced soon.
Participatory Budgeting is a process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. The Mayor set aside $20,000 for each district in the 2019 Adopted budget toward the new round of Participatory Budgeting. These funds were generated by revenue received from off-street parking fees. 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.