Tartu’s Participatory Budgeting Process Needs to be Streamlined, Say Participants ({{commentsTotal}})

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The citizens of Tartu plan to continue using participatory budgeting; the concerned parties, however, found the process needs more discussion and it should be organized better.

The discussion on participatory budgeting at the Genialistide Klubi in Tartu welcomed everyone from city officials to civil activists to look at the process so far and discuss the future of the project, ERR radio reported on Saturday.

Märt Põder, of the election coalition Vabakund that won three seats in the October elections, said the process of participation needs to be clearer and the extent of co-operation between aspiring contributors has to be specified.

Sometimes two competing projects can be merged into an even better one and discussions would rule out unnecessary rivalries, Põder said.

According to Ahto Külvet, project manager of Genialistide Klubi that received funding from the participatory budget, the main issue is the citizens’ understanding of how the city functions and how budgets are drawn up.