Democratizing Tax Increment Financing through Participatory Budgeting – A Tool Kit

Authors: Cecile Carroll, Thea Crum, Carolina Gaete, Maria Hadden, Rachel Weber Abstract: This PB – TIF Tool Kit provides valuable information for organizations and residents interested in maximizing the community benefits from TIF through more participatory decision making processes. The Tool Kit includes the following: 1) Basic information on the mechanics of TIF and […]

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Public Spending, By the People: Participatory Budgeting in the United States and Canada in 2014-15

Author: Public Agenda Abstract: From 2014 to 2015, more than 70,000 residents across the United States and Canada directly decided how their cities and districts should spend nearly $50 million in public funds through a process known as participatory budgeting (PB). PB is among the fastest growing forms of public […]

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The Civics of Community Development: Participatory Budgeting in Chicago

Authors: Rachel Weber, Thea Crum & Eduardo Salinas (2015) Abstract: We investigate the relationship between community organizations and the implementation of a multi-ward participatory budgeting (PB) process in Chicago. Drawing on observations and surveys administered during 2012–2013, we find that participation in PB varied across the four wards, as did […]

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