Participatory Budgeting – a New Way to Involve the Public, by Bill Rizzo, Ph.D., Local Government Specialist, UW-Extension Local Government Center. As Wisconsin municipalities consider ways to engage the public, an innovative idea called participatory budgeting (PB) has been gaining interest. Bill's article appeared in the July, 2015 Municipality magazine.
When Citizens Decide How Public Money Is Spent - A few American communities are experimenting with participatory budgeting at the neighborhood level. Their experiences can help guide others interested in giving the idea a try. Read more in this article by John M. Kamensky, a senior fellow with the IBM Center for the Business of Government, September 15, 2014
Let's Talk About Budgeting (PDF) - Kevin Lahner is the Burlington, WI City Administrator. His Power Point, presented at the League's 2013 Annual Conference, presents specific ways Burlington is engaging citizens to become part of the City's decision making process.