Participatory Budgeting

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Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives ordinary people real power over real money, letting them work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives.

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You can take a look at the 2013 City of New Orleans budget by clicking HERE.

The New Orleans Coalition for Open Governance works as a catalyst for meaningful change by developing resident’s voices, opportunities for effective civic engagement, and real power to establish openness and accountability in local government. NOCOG’s partner organizations include The Lens, The Public Law Center, the Public Affairs Research Council, the Committee for a Better New Orleans, the Neighborhoods Partnership Network, Puentes New Orleans, the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association, and Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation. These organizations joined together in the spring of 2009 to focus on civic engagement, data collection, public policy research, investigative journalism, legal research and public access issues in New Orleans.



Mayor Mitch Landrieu has announced a series of community meetings in each council district to discuss 2014 budget priorities beginning with District C on Tuesday, August 13. These meetings are designed to gather input as part of the Budgeting for Outcomes process.

“We’re committed to producing results for our citizens and sticking to our budgeting principles- cut smart, reorganize, and invest in the future,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu, “The community meetings allow citizens to tell us their priorities for the budget.”

The Budgeting for Outcomes process aims to produce a more citizen-driven budget and to ensure improved government performance and accountability. A national best practice, the Budgeting for Outcomes system encourages city agencies to invest public resources based on the end result the City wants to achieve.

The Mayor will host one meeting with the district councilmember in each council district. The Mayor and Councilmembers will be joined by Deputy Mayors, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas, NOFD Superintendent Tim McConnell and department and agency heads.

All community meetings will start at 6:00 p.m. Prior to the meeting, from 5:30 -6:00 p.m., the City will host a Resource Center with representatives from several City departments and agencies. During that time, citizens will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with various departments about programs, initiatives and specific concerns.

The following lists community meetings in order of date:

District C
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
L.B. Landry High School
1200 L.B. Landry Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70114

District A
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Edward Hynes Charter School
990 Harrison Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70124

District E
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Joe W. Brown Recreational Center
5601 Read Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70127

District D
Monday, August 26, 2013
Lake Area New Tech Early College High School
6026 Paris Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70122

District B
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
KIPP Central City Academy
2514 Third Street
New Orleans, LA 70113