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UPDATE ON PB As YES! Weekly has written extensively about participatory budgeting in the past, here is an update for interested readers. Participatory budgeting is a different way to manage public money, and to engage people in government: It is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. On Sept. 30, Participatory Budgeting Greensboro made a remarkable presentation to the PB council committee recently set up to study if and how participatory budgeting could work in Greensboro.

On Oct. 21 city staff will make a rejoinder presentation on the possible ways to integrate PB into our current budget process, as well as the challenges this would bring. Finally, to keep PB on people’s minds and on their lips, there will be a big PB Party Oct. 26 at UNCG’s Faculty Center, starting at 6 p.m. Aside from enjoying food, libations and music, a mock PB process will be carried out so citizens and residents can better understand what participatory budgeting actually is. PB GSO is currently soliciting proposals for small community projects, one or two of which will be funded by the dollars we bring in at the door after the mock process. Go to for more information.

Audrey Berlowitz, Greensboro


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