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REPORT TO: Finance and Corporate Services Committee <br />DATE OF MEETING:June 10, 2019 <br />SUBMITTED BY: Ryan Hagey, Director of Financial Planning, 519-741-2200 x 7353 <br />PREPARED BY: Ryan Hagey, Director of Financial Planning, 519-741-2200 x 7353 <br />WARD (S) INVOLVED:All <br />DATE OF REPORT:May 17, 2019 <br />REPORT NO.:FIN-19-050 <br />SUBJECT:Participatory Budgeting Debrief <br />___________________________________________________________________________ <br />RECOMMENDATION: <br />Thatstaffing and funding requirements for a permanent participatory budgeting <br />solution be brought back to Council through the 2020 budgeting process. <br />BACKGROUND: <br />Participatory budgeting (PB) is a novel “democratic process that gives ordinary people direct <br />control over a portion of a public budget.” Participatory budgeting differs from traditional public <br />consultations and community grant boards in that participants “both identify priority projects <br />and decide exactly which of these projects are funded” through a series of open assemblies. <br />The graphic below, produced by the Participatory Budgeting Project, provides a high-level <br />overview of a typical participatory budgeting process. Although it should be noted that there is <br />significant opportunity for customization within each step. <br />The City of Kitchener partneredwith the University of Waterloo (UW) to test the viability of PB <br />concepts within Kitchener. Specifically, Council provided direction to conduct PB pilots for the <br />redesign of Sandhills and Elmsdale parks. With assistance from UW, the consultation periods <br />have been completed for these two projects and staff are in a position to provide some findings <br />4 - 1 <br />