Boston’s constitution is called the “City Charter.” The Charter defines how our government is set up, how our budget is made, how elections are run, and the powers our city can exercise.
Question 1 has two main reforms
Allow Boston City Councilors to better represent our neighborhoods by giving them the tools to amend and improve the Mayor’s budget.
By 2024, create an independent office of Participatory Budgeting to allow Boston residents to propose and vote on parts of our annual budget.
Design the Process.
A steering committee that represents the communicty creates the rules and engagagment.
Through meetings and online tools, residents share and discuss ideas for projects.
Volunteer “budget delegates” develop the ideas into feasible proposals.
Residents vote on the proposals that most serve the community’s needs.
PB is democratic process where community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget