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Recently Bankrupt City Asks Taxpayers How to Spend Revenue

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, October 26, 2012

The city of Vallejo is enacting a process called "Participatory Budgeting."

It's an experiment in which the community decides on spending priorities for a little more than three million dollars in sales tax revenue.

The list of projects will be entirely up to taxpayers.

Joey Lake is the Chair of the Participatory Budgeting Committee.

LAKE: "Certainly people will come to the table with their own ideas and that's highly encouraged but the crux of the matter is the money has to be spent in a way that benefits the welfare of Vallejo."

Lake says the proposals could include projects for transportation, education, parks, or anything else.
Final projects are decided by a community vote and submitted to the City Council for approval. 
Vallejo is the first in the nation to institute participatory budgeting citywide.
The first public meetings begin next week.
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