SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (NEWS10) – The City of Saratoga Springs has announced the next list of citizens who will have a direct say in how the city spends their money. City Finance Commissioner Minita Sanghvi announced the new members of the city’s Participatory Budget Committee on Tuesday.
Members of the new committee can provide first-hand information on how Saratoga Springs spends a total of 0.25% of the city’s annual funds, which this year totals approximately $135,000. The group was created as part of a new pilot program and inspired by similar programs in the United States.
Members of the Participatory Budget Committee include Norah Brennan, Jeff Altamari, JoAnne Kiernan, Tim Holmes, Devin Del Pos, Douglas Gerhardt, Maryann Ryckman, Hal Rose, and Jonathan Jeerapaet. The group was open to applications from residents over the age of 18. The city mentions that the new members bring experience in accounting, finance, municipal government, law, business development and community organizing.
“My team is excited to collaborate with this group,” said Sanghvi. “We are delighted with the level of interest in this program and look forward to working with the community to develop their project ideas.”
The group will be able to cast votes in both individual and organizational project categories. Its nine members will be divided between the east and west sides of Saratoga Springs. The committee will help individuals and groups develop feasible proposals, count public votes and make recommendations for projects to approve and fund through 2023.