Atlanta councilman holding town hall on participatory budgeting

Atlanta Councilman Antonio Brown is holding a town hall Thursday evening for residents in his district to decide how participatory budget funds will be spent.

In June, the City Council approved a $600,000 citywide pilot program to test participatory budgeting, a process that allows residents to have a more direct say in what projects their tax dollars fund. Each district gets $50,000 to fund a project in their neighborhoods.

The town hall will be held at Friendship Baptist Church on 80 Walnut Street at 6:30 p.m. in southwest Atlanta.

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“I’m really excited to hear their feedback,” Brown said in an emailed statement. “We received a lot of good input during my first town hall in July and it’s great to be able to host one again. Whenever we can get together and hear the perspectives of our neighbors, it’s a positive step in making sure city policies truly reflect the needs of our community.”

Those at the meeting will decide between funding a community engagement task force, a blight free advisory board, or a community and personal development program.

Representatives from city departments, including City Planning, Public Works, Renew Atlanta, Atlanta police and the Watershed Department will be at the town hall.

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