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Participatory Budgeting Pilot Program

The voting phase ended on Friday, November 11, 2022. Check back here for updates to view the winning projects when they're announced.  

On June 15, 2021, the Sacramento City Council approved the use of up to $1 million in Measure U funds for residents to propose ideas and vote on project concepts.

Paid for by Measure U

The ideas Voted On Were Submitted By the Public

The Measure U Committee called on community members to submit their ideas to invest $1 million in North and South Sacramento ($500,000 for each area) between April 11 and May 31, 2022.  

Community Volunteers Prioritized the Projects Appearing on the Ballots 

From May through September 2022, community members volunteering as Proposal Delegates reviewed ideas the ideas submitted for feasibility with City staff, prioritized ideas that best meet the goals of the process, and developed the highest priority ideas into project concepts. Those project concepts were placed on one of two ballots: one ballot for North Sacramento projects and a second ballot for South Sacramento projects.

Community members from North and South Sacramento can now vote on their respective ballots through November 11, 2022. The project concepts from each ballot will be be funded in order of the total votes received until each $500,000 budget is used up. 

How Participatory Budgeting Works

There are four key phases to the participatory budgeting process: 

Phase 1: Idea Collection (April 11 - May 31, 2022)

Any Sacramento resident can submit an idea for how to spend part of the $1 million. Ideas can range from a few words, such as “road repairs in X neighborhood,” to extensively researched project proposals. Idea collection will likely take place through multiple submission outlets and activities.  

Phase 2: Proposal Development (May 23 - September 12, 2022) 

Community members volunteering as Proposal Delegates will review ideas for feasibility with City staff, prioritize projects for the ballot that best meet the goals of the process, and develop the highest priority ideas into fully-fledged proposals. Finalized proposals will includes a detailed description of the project, its expected impact, a cost estimate, and an implementation timeline. 

Phase 3: The Vote (October 12 - November 11, 2022)

Once the proposals are finalized and placed on a ballot, community members will have the opportunity to vote for their preferred projects. The projects will be ordered based on the highest number of votes and projects will be funded in that order until the entire budget is used up. The results of the vote are then announced publicly. 

Phase 4: Application for Funding (January - March 2023)

Because the winning projects do not identify the organizations that will implement those projects, the City will open an application for community based organizations to apply for funding to implement the winning projects.

Phase 5: Project Implementation & Monitoring (beginning in April 2023)

Once the selected implementing organizations are identified and under contract with the City, the winning projects are then implemented and monitored to ensure they are completed according to the project proposal details. 

These Focus Neighborhoods Determine Project and Voter Eligibility

While any City resident can submit an idea, the ideas that will be prioritized for proposal development and voting must be located in or serve the residents of a focus neighborhood. The $1 million available for the Pilot Program will be evenly split with $500,000 allocated to the North Area and $500,000 allocated to the South Area.

View the eligibility map to see which neighborhoods will be prioritized

Focus Neighborhoods Map

A Playbook Outlines the Complete Process and Guiding Principles 

On January 31, 2022, the Measure U Community Advisory Committee approved a playbook to guide the implementation of the Participatory Budgeting Pilot Program and set expectations with residents on how they can participate. Read the Playbook.


The City encourages residents to watch a past information session to learn more about the process. 

Program Evaluation

The City hired Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies to perform an independent program evaluation that will be published in early 2023. Learn more on the Program Data and Evaluation page. 


Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Participatory Budgeting Pilot Program, please contact Ash Roughani, Special Projects Manager at or (916) 808-7751.