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A city in California could be emerging from one fiscal crisis by inviting another.
Correspondent Claudia count looks at the -- help but the question is how much democracy.
How would you spend three million dollars bringing back -- available.
-- and heritage festival.
Down along the waterfront.
Involved heavily -- residents are pitching ways to divvy up part of the voter approved tax -- they can spend however they want so long as it benefits the community I'd like to see it concentrated.
In the hands.
Parks I'd like it more to go for this -- senators others say more street lights are needed given the high crime rate in a city just now emerging from federal bankruptcy.
The best most cost effective ideas will be put on a citywide ballot in May.
The -- residents age sixteen and up will pick their favorites -- the City Council will have its say on how the three million is spent.
Participatory budgeting has been used in parts of Chicago and New York City but this is the first time it's been tried on a citywide level to the -- regret.
I have no problems with the creativity.
But now is not the time to be treated.
David says in a city struggling to get back on its feet tax dollars should pay for critical -- that's it.
If you talk to the public they say we want public safety we want our streets -- we want building and -- we want service.
We're not doing that.
Supporters of participatory budgeting say the winning projects may include some of the mayor's priorities when you give people a chance to meaningfully participate and actually solve problems.
They really step up.
And they really make great decisions.
Other struggling cities are watching closely to see if people like -- can engage its residents in a way no other city ever hats.
By giving the people more of -- say.
Brett -- -- -- in San Francisco Claudia thank you to.
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