Comment 93370

By Borrelli (registered) | Posted October 17, 2013 at 12:30:21 in reply to Comment 93310

Not trying to be unnecessarily pejorative, MLP, but fair is fair, and Ward 1's process was less participatory. Here are three fundamental differences:

1) Number of public meetings (2 in Ward 1, compared to 9 meetings of the Councillor-appointed group, whereas in Ward 2 there were dozens of public meetings);

2) 300 projects were filtered by the councillor and his selected group (not residents) into a shortlist of 80 projects for public consumption, and;

3) Though I can't confirm because voting is closed, I was informed that Ward 1 residents voted on selected projects without costs attached, thereby cutting out the entire budgeting part of the exercise. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Ultimately, people are entitled to their opinion on how well the various processes worked, but I am sensitive about using the term "participatory budgeting" as a proxy for "community consultation." I don't care for unnecessary spin, even if it comes from a good, progressive Councillor (and his residents).

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