Atlanta’s residents have been outspoken in their criticism of a perceived lack of transparency and inclusion from its government.
As a City Councilmember, I’m starting a dialogue around the subject of participatory budgeting (PB). In short, PB programs set aside some portion of a city’s budget so that local residents may then propose ideas and vote on how best to spend it. It’s democracy in its purest form – an idea that has already taken root with great success in cities from Madrid and Paris to Seattle and Chicago. To bring this model to Atlanta, I am working to build out a smaller pilot, prove the model, then expand. If fully realized, citywide PB could go a long way towards engendering a more open and inclusive local government.