Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"The City Council agreed Tuesday to pursue a bond referendum for a performing arts center, ideally to be built downtown."

"A downtown theater would cost upward of $29 million more
than a theater proposed at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex,
according to rough city staff estimates.

How about fixing up the Carolina Theater
and put in needed parking for the jail?

Where are the estimates?

That difference would have to be made up with private funds,
council members said Tuesday at their annual retreat.

Like the Aquatic Center?

The council also agreed to spend about $24 million
in hotel-motel tax revenue
to pay for a variety of coliseum improvement projects.

Amanda Lehmert

What are the expected effects
of Greensboro and Guilford County Tax Revaluations?

How about some participatory budgeting?

How about letting the public actually get involved?

Participatory budgeting
is a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making,
and a type of participatory democracy,
in which ordinary people
decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget.

Participatory budgeting allows citizens to identify, discuss,
and prioritize public spending projects,
and gives them the power to make real decisions about how money is spent.

...Various studies have suggested that participatory budgeting
results in more equitable public spending, higher quality of life,
increased satisfaction of basic needs,
greater government transparency and accountability,
increased levels of public participation
(especially by marginalized or poorer residents),
and democratic and citizenship learning.


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