VALLEJO, CA – The City of Vallejo released the Cycle 5 Participatory Budgeting (PB) ballot
today. From April 1 through April 30, Vallejo residents, including those living in the unincorporated areas, will have the opportunity to vote on how to spend a portion of Measure B revenues on community projects to improve the City. Vallejoans 14 years and older can vote online at www.pbvallejo.org
on their computer or mobile device, or in-person in the City Manager’s Office during business hours, located at 555 Santa Clara Street.
The 10-proposal ballot gives residents the opportunity to vote for up to two projects. Projects are either infrastructure projects that would enhance City of Vallejo public infrastructure or the purchase of equipment, or programs and services projects that provide social services following the Federal Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Guidelines, primarily targeting low- to moderate-income residents.
The digital ballot and online voting platform
was developed by Stanford University’s Crowdsourced Democracy Team
. A cell phone number and valid Vallejo address is required for online voting. Project posters
and a sample ballot
can be viewed online.
The Cycle 5 ballot is the outcome of a 6-month process in which Vallejo volunteers and public agency staff liaisons screened, evaluated, and researched 1,427 ideas submitted by members of the community. Community members had the opportunity to following proposal development on AppCivist
, an online collaborative tool develop through a partnership with the Social Apps Lab at CITRIS, University of California, Berkeley
In 2012, Vallejo became the first in the U.S. to implement a city-wide participatory budgeting process. Funded by Measure B, a one-percent sales tax originally approved by voters in 2011. PB is a democratic process that elicits project ideas from residents and stakeholders. Community volunteers
, with the support of City staff, develop ideas into full project proposals for a special ballot. At the conclusion of each PB cycle, Vallejo residents vote on which projects to recommend to the City Council for funding.
Individuals or organizations interested in serving as poll workers or joining the Get Out the Vote (GOTV) outreach team, can register online
. For additional information, visit www.pbvallejo.org
or the PB Facebook