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City Council Office
 Policy Order Resolution
  O-12
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  April 1, 2013
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
MAYOR DAVIS
COUNCILLOR DECKER
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
COUNCILLOR MAHER
COUNCILLOR REEVES
VICE MAYOR SIMMONS
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY
COUNCILLOR VANBEUZEKOM

WHEREAS: The City of Cambridge is known as 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 
    

WHEREAS:

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
 

ORDERED:

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 2014 budget and report back to the City Council. 

    

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