Citizen-driven participatory budget process needed in Cobourg

Deputy Mayor Stan Frost issued dire warnings about the upcoming budget deliberations for the upcoming fiscal year.

However, the approach is always the same. Town staff are given targets and scurry off to nip and tuck to meet the fiscal goals for the year.

There are other approaches. Around the world, thousands of governments at all levels have opened up the budget process to citizenry to have a say in where their tax dollars are being spent. The idea is taken from a city in Brazil called Porto Allegri, who was one of the first and most prominent municipalities, to do this.

Here is some background on it: