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Bankrupt California City To Let Voters Make Budget Decisions

A California city that recently emerged from bankruptcy is taking a new approach to budgeting — this time, by asking voters how it should spend the taxpayers’ money.

The question is being put to residents in Vallejo, Calif., a blue-collar port city of 116,000 people.

Under a pilot program, Vallejo is using what is known as “participatory budgeting” to figure out where to spend a $3.2 million portion of Measure B, a city tax initiative approved last year. At public assemblies throughout the next few weeks, involved residents are brainstorming ideas — from youth centers to after school programs, from new playgrounds to music festivals. Any civic project or service will be considered, so long as it fits the financial constraints, and benefits the community.

“I’d like to see the money concentrated on parks,” said one man at the meeting.

“I’d like more to go to the youth centers,” said another.

Those suggestions joined a growing list of possibilities posted on the wall. Many residents say more street lights are needed given the high crime rate in a city just now emerging from federal bankruptcy.

Vallejo was among the first big American cities to file for federal protection after the financial crisis in 2008.

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  1. hanoverfist

    November 13th, 2012

     
  2. even steven

    November 13th, 2012

    Not to be outdone by the city of Casey, Illinois with the world’s largest wind chime http://cityofcaseyil.org/BEI_Largest_Wind_Chime/87/a citizens of Vallejo have decided to construct the world’s largest bong.

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  3. Xavier

    November 13th, 2012

    Now I could be totally wrong here but it sounds like the city took in at least $3.2M in taxes that it didn’t actually need and now they’re going to be gracious and let the taxpayers decide what to buy the city with their ill-gotten gains.

    Just out of curiosity, how often can cities declare bankruptcy? Because it seems to be working for Vallejo.

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  4. Chinquapin

    November 13th, 2012

    This would be like asking the kids how to spend the rent money. Jesus H. Christ!!

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  5. David K

    November 13th, 2012

    Absolutely NO ONE, will suggest give the money back to the taxpayers or save it. Noooooo, we must spend everything!

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  6. Maudie N Mandeville

    November 13th, 2012

    3.2M would pay for 10 sex change operations or 10,000 tattoos.

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  7. Wyatt, Insensitive Progressive Jerk

    November 13th, 2012

    1,666,667 chances to win dinner with Barry and Michelle at $3.00 per chance. Hey, why waste all that money on anything else?

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  8. BILL

    November 13th, 2012

    “I’d like to see the money concentrated on parks,” said one man at the meeting.

    “I’d like more to go to the youth centers,” said another.

    by all means every bankrupt city in the US needs more of these.

    your city went bankrupt, stop spending money you don’t have !

    this is why we will never be able to stop the financial armegedon heading our way !

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  9. hanoverfist

    November 13th, 2012

    “I’d like to see the money concentrated on parks,” said one man at the meeting.

    “Cuz thats were me and my family now live.”

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  10. scr_north

    November 13th, 2012

    “I’d like to see the money concentrated on bankrupt parks” said one of the retarded council members just before he was given some adult nyquil in a needle by an SEIU observer.

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  11. jus sayin yo, NOT thru an intrepeter

    November 13th, 2012

    “i’d like to see it spent on subsidizing the wages of illegal aliens so they would have equal pay for equal work,” ramirez salazar-gonsalves said thru an overpaid interpreter

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  12. Cynic

    November 13th, 2012

    They are going to vote in a meeting by giving “up twinkles” or “down twinkles”

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  13. won, fore! won, fore!

    November 13th, 2012

    That burg needs a Municipal Brawndo tank.

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  14. Major Mal function

    November 13th, 2012

    Notice “Don’t spend it” is not one of the options, hence the bankruptcy.

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  15. Bad Brad

    November 13th, 2012

    Last time I was through Vallejo it was all Mex. Not blue collar, and they are along ways away from the seven pillars of salt so you don’t need to worry about sex change operations.

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  16. WhiteFalcon1

    November 14th, 2012

    It has always been my belief that those who don’t pay taxes ought not have a say as to how those taxes are spent!

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  17. Noodengr

    November 14th, 2012

    Actually I would like to see something like this on the national level. Part of the IRS tax form should be ” check the box where you would like to see your tax dollars go” then list in broad catergories where Americans think there money should be spent. Then the next year do just that. Spend it proportional to the votes each catergory got. Would be civic lesson for all. Some programs that only a handful think important would get minimal tax dollars. If the service is truly missed folks my vote different the next year. if no one notices that it was not funded, well then bye -bye guess we did not need you.

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