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Posted on: June 29, 2017

Participatory Budgeting Comes to Wickenburg

The Wickenburg Town Council will be adopting a first of its kind budgeting process that will allow the entire community to get involved and decide how to spend $50,000 called ā€œParticipatory Budgeting."

The Wickenburg Town Council will be adopting a first of its kind budgeting process that will allow the entire community to get involved and decide how to spend $50,000. Called “Participatory Budgeting,” Wickenburg believes it is the first in Arizona to utilize this unique brand of democratic involvement.

“We are excited to get the residents involved in deciding how $50,000 should be spent,” said Interim Town Manager Vince Lorefice. “This is a terrific way for the general public to learn about the democratic process, get involved and organized, learn about public procurement, and understand how far $50,000 can go towards public improvements.”

Here’s how Participatory Budgeting works: An individual or community group will brainstorm a specific project they would like funded by the Town that will cost $50,000 or less. That group then becomes the champions of that project. They will meet with Town staff to estimate costs and feasibility and then submit the idea to Town Hall using the project application. The group will then be responsible to promote their project to potential voters. Voting will occur on September 21 from 5 pm to 7 pm where the winning project will be announced.

Individuals or organizations interested in submitting a project have opportunities to learn about the process and get involved:

 

Step 1: Attend the Brainstorming Workshop at the Wickenburg Community Center on July 27 from 5 pm to 7 pm. Town staff will be on hand to help you work through brainstorming project ideas or working through the initial details of your project proposal.

Step 2: Attend the Project Proposal Workshop at the Wickenburg Community Center on August 24 from 5 pm to 7 pm. Town staff will assist you in finalizing your project submittal application.

Step 3: Submit your project application. All applications must be received no later than September 7 by 6 pm at Town Hall.

Step 4: After two weeks of promoting your project to potential voters in the community, a final vote will be held on September 21 at the Community Center from 5 pm to 7 pm. You have to be present to vote, so plan on being there! Eligible voters include all Wickenburg residents 18+ and any Wickenburg youth enrolled in at least 6th grade. Each eligible voter will be given a single ballot where they can vote for only one project. The winner will be announced that evening.

For more information regarding Participatory Budgeting in Wickenburg, please contact Town Hall at 928-684-5451 or visit the Town’s website at www.wickenburgaz.org/PB or contact Vince Lorefice at vlorefice@wickenburgaz.org.

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