July 23, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
City of Kingston Launches Participatory Budgeting Pilot Project
Project submissions due by August 31st
KINGSTON, N.Y. - Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to launch the City of Kingston’s first-ever Participatory Budgeting pilot project in the City of Kingston. Participatory Budgeting is a process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. For this year's pilot project, $15,000 has been 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.
“This is a new and exciting process for our city to work on together, where, for the first time, community members will have a direct say in how a portion of public funds are spent,” said Mayor Noble. “I encourage residents, business owners, local employees, and other stakeholders to submit their ideas and help us ensure that the upcoming projects reflect the interests and needs of our community.”
The scope of the project is intentionally open in order to gather a wide range of suggestions. Projects must impact a business district and must be able to be obligated or paid for in this fiscal year by December 31, 2018. Depending on the logistics of the selected projects, implementation may take place in 2019. It is possible that multiple projects will be selected in a district if the total of those projects does not exceed $15,000.
Community members can submit project ideas or proposals in one of three ways:
1) Attend a community visioning session on one of the following dates and locations:
Monday, August 13th
City Hall (420 Broadway)
Tuesday, August 14th
LGBTQ Community Center (300 Wall St.)
Tuesday, August 28th
Hudson River Maritime Museum (50 Rondout Landing)
2) Complete the project submission form by visiting www.kingston-ny.gov/ParticipatoryBudgeting
3) Drop off project ideas or send by postal mail to:
Kingston, NY 12401
Prior to submitting a project, some of the areas to consider include:
a. Impact: will the project positively impact one of the business districts?
b. Timing: can the proposed project be paid for or obligated by 12/31/18?
c. Cost: can the proposed project be completed for under $15,000?
d. Duplication: does the proposed project conflict with any current or upcoming projects in the same area?
City staff will provide a public response to each of the proposed projects. 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.
Once the cost estimates have been prepared, a public poll will be launched online and in print. The public poll is expected to be conducted in Fall 2018.