City of Kingston
Launches Second Participatory Budgeting Project
Meetings Scheduled in Each Business District
NY – Mayor Steve Noble is pleased to launch the City
of Kingston’s second Participatory Budgeting project, which will kick off with
conversations at three public meetings. Mayor Noble introduced Participatory
Budgeting in 2018 as a pilot project, wherein each of the three business
districts (Uptown, Midtown and Downtown) voted on how to allocate $15,000 in
funds, for a city-wide total of $45,000. In the 2019 budget, Mayor Noble set
aside $20,000 for each district, for a total of $60,000.
“We are so excited to launch the second Participatory
Budgeting Project. We had a wonderful response from the pilot and some
beneficial programs were funded. The B.A.R.K. students have been beautifying
the Uptown and Midtown neighborhoods and soon Downtown will have several new
youth programs,” said Mayor Noble. “I encourage all residents, business owners,
workers, and other interested parties to submit new ideas. The funded projects
should reflect the wishes and needs of the community.”
The goal of the Participatory Budgeting Project is to be
open for input from the public and to gather a wide range of suggestions.
Projects must impact a business district and must be able to be obligated or
paid for by December 31, 2019. In some cases, implementation may take place in
2020. It is possible that multiple projects could be selected in a single
district if the total of those projects does not exceed $20,000.
Three community visioning sessions have been scheduled:
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
LGBTQ Community Center at 300 Wall St.
Monday, July 29, 2019
Hudson River Maritime Museum (50 Rondout Landing)
Wednesday, July 31
Kingston Library (55 Franklin St.)
Comments can also be submitted by mail to City
Hall, 420 Broadway Kingston, NY 12401 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Participatory Budgeting submission” in the subject
Prior to submitting a project idea, please
consider four criteria:
a. Will the project positively impact one of the
b. Can the proposed project be paid for or
obligated by 12/31/19?
c. Can the proposed project be completed for under
d. Does the proposed project conflict with any
current or upcoming projects in the same area?
Once the submissions have been gathered, a public
poll will be launched for final voting and tallying. The public poll is
expected to be conducted in August. 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 initiatives.