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 Policy Order Resolution
  July 29, 2013

WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge has long been a hub of innovation, ideas and most importantly, action; and
WHEREAS: Cambridge is always looking for new ways to showcase and build on its reputation as a national leader in innovation; and 
WHEREAS: Cities including Chicago, New York City, Vallejo, and most recently, Boston, have developed participatory budget models that provide community members with the opportunity to decide how they wish to allocate a portion of the municipal budget; and 
WHEREAS: Such an endeavor provides community members with an opportunity to engage with one another to determine their spending priorities, work collaboratively to develop specific spending proposals, and cast their vote as to which proposals should be publically funded; and 


Instituting such a program in the City of Cambridge would allow civic-minded residents to make decisions about how a portion of the City's budget is spent, and has the propensity to immensely improve the quality of life of the members of the Cambridge community; now therefore be it 


That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Finance Department as to how the City of Cambridge can include a participatory budgeting portion in the 2015 budget and report back to the City Council. 

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