What happened to all that Superbowl money? How can we afford a new streetcar line but can't pave the roads in Gentilly? Do you ever wonder what happens to your tax dollars? Are you frustrated by the City of New Orleans's budget process?
The New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance will hold a teach-in to raise awareness of participatory budgeting, a city budgeting process that helps to engage residents, on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Neighborhoods Partnership Network, located at 3321 Tulane Ave., New Orleans, La. 70119. The event will feature a video conference with Joey Lake, Chair of the Steering Committee for PB Vallejo in Vallejo, Ca. and a strategic session to discuss the future of the campaign. Food and drink will be provided.
Many New Orleans residents and politicians alike feel frustration with the current budget process. A process like PB4NOLA would give citizens the voice they clearly desire in the focus of city funds. By allowing citizens a greater hand in budgetary decision making, NOCOG works towards its goal of greater civic engagement and governmental transparency in the city of New Orleans.
PB began in Brazil in 1989 and is currently active in New York, Chicago, and Vallejo, CA. Residents of those cities have voted on how to spend millions of dollars of their city’s budget, often choosing to improve their roads, street lights, and local parks—all issues New Orleanians advocate for at Mayor Mitchell Landrieu’s budget hearings every year.
New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance
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