Representatives of the City of Vallejo are at the White House Tuesday to talk about a unique form of democratic budgeting that the city adopted after its bankruptcy.
‘Participatory budgeting’ allows citizens to propose projects the city should fund, and puts the ideas to a city-wide vote.
Vallejo City Manager Dan Keen says the process is a tool for building better understanding about how budget decisions are made.
“This is a way to engage citizens at a level that most communities don’t typically engage with on their budget on key funding decisions, and it can be very effective in not just deciding how it should be spent, but building support in the community," says Keen.
The White House says it plans to promote participatory budgeting through its "Open Government National Action Plan.” It says cities can use the process when deciding how to use funds for affordable housing and job creation.