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Cambridge Gives Residents A Direct Say In Budgeting For The Next Fiscal Year04:23

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The city of Cambridge is upending some of the top-down decision making as it puts together its budget for the next fiscal year. It's inviting residents to vote directly on a range of projects worth $600,000.

The process is called participatory budgeting — it was first developed in Brazil about 25 years ago.

Cambridge residents, ages 12 and older, could vote online or at town events from Saturday, Dec. 5 through Saturday, Dec. 12.

Budget director Jeana Franconi joined WBUR's Weekend Edition's Sharon Brody to talk about the effort.

This segment aired on December 5, 2015.

Sharon Brody News Anchor
Sharon Brody is the voice of WBUR's weekend mornings. On Saturdays and Sundays, she anchors the news for Weekend Edition and other popular programs.

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