At the suggestion of Linda Allen, Managing Partner of CitySpaces Consulting Ltd., the board of the Saanich Community Associations Network (SCAN) is learning about participatory budgeting, a growing trend in local government budget spending, with a view to seeing if it can be introduced into Saanich:
Participatory budgeting (PB) is a different way to manage public money, and to engage people in government. It is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It enables taxpayers to work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives.
For more information (and explanatory video), see the PB website.