Monday, April 15, 2019


Participatory budgeting program begins in Kingston

KINGSTON – Beautification of the Midtown and Uptown areas of Kingston is set to begin with the aid of students as part of the city’s 2018 participatory budgeting process.

Residents of both areas of the city said they wanted to spend their allotted $15,000 on that project, which Mayor Steven Noble said will be a “marriage” between the effort and youth involvement in it.

“The basic premise is the Kingston YMCA Farm Project will work with youth in a leadership-based program to be able to beautiful our Uptown and Midtown neighborhood and the youth will get paid and there will be money for materials through this participatory budgeting fund and we will be working with 10 Kingston High School students,” the mayor said. “For us this is an ideal project. I think it meets the needs the community wanted – beautification – and the community also wanted a youth program to do that.”

Noble has increased his business district participatory budgeting funds to $20,000 each area of the city – Uptown, Midtown and Downtown – in this year’s budget.

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