The City of Vallejo announced that it is inviting Vallejo residents, organizations and stakeholders to submit ideas for the eighth round of Participatory Budgeting (PB), Monday through Monday, September 18.
During the idea collection phase, Vallejo will accept capital infrastructure and ideas for programs and services at public events, in the City Hill Lobby, located at 555 Santa Clara Street. Community members can submit ideas and their full proposals online at myvallejo.com/pb8.
In a press release, Vallejo said, “This round is different from previous rounds in that nonprofits are invited to submit their ideas and proposals early on. Expand the inclusiveness of more local nonprofits; winning projects will receive funds upfront rather than on a reimbursement basis as has been the case in the past. In the past, not all nonprofit organizations could pass the prequalification phase because they could not absorb the financial burdens caused by the reimbursement-based payment method, which made them ineligible to participate in the BP process. . »
Implementers of winning projects will be required to write quarterly progress reports to improve transparency and highlight project implementation efforts.
In Cycle 8, community members also have the option to help with the PB process as an outreach volunteer or budget delegate, by completing an online volunteer form, according to the press release. 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations interested in becoming an implementing partner must complete an online prequalification application by Monday, September 18 at 5 p.m.
In 2012, Vallejo became the first in the United States to implement a citywide participatory budgeting process. Funded by Measure B, a 1% sales tax originally approved by voters in 2011, PB is a democratic process that generates project ideas from residents and stakeholders. Community volunteers, with support from city staff, develop ideas into full project proposals for a special ballot.
More information is available on the Vallejo website at pbvallejo.org.