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2019 Participatory Budget Outreach



  • The Isla Vista Community Services District (IVCSD) hopes to implement a participatory budgeting project as a means to gain the perspectives of residents of Isla Vista on potential projects we should prioritize and fund in our next fiscal year. 
  • Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget.
  • The annual budget of the IVCSD must be approved and established by the end of May 2019, meaning that we have a more limited timeline than is typical to implement the steps of participatory budgeting. 
  • This will only be the second annual budget that the IVCSD has created, and the first time it will attempt to engage in a formal, community-engaged process to do so. 
  • PB dedicates anywhere from 1% up to 10% ($8,500-$85,000) of the available funds to the specific one-time projects identified through the process.


Through a combination of outreach strategies, including an online survey, door-to-door canvassing, a public forum, and project proposal submissions, the main budgeting ideas and priorities of Isla Vista residents were:


  • Public Safety - specifically in relations to improvements with law enforcement
  • Community Facilities - more facilities and classes aimed at improving the community
  • Housing Mediation - give support to students living in poor housing conditions 
  • Public Works Improvements - improve the infrastructure, cleanliness and lighting
  • Parking/Transportation - create more parking or public transportation options
  • Community Planning - improve the communication between the government and the community


For more detailed breakdown of the community outreach results, please see here

Participatory Budgeting Ideas and Feedback.pdf