New York City Comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu launched an online tool, The People's Budget NYC, at www.peoplesbudgetnyc.com, to give the public a chance to vote on city budget proposals. The announcement came less than a week after Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled his $70 billion executive budget for fiscal year 2014.
"Budgets continue to be determined without sufficient public feedback. Our new website will 'crowd-source' the budget by providing taxpayers with a forum to speak out on issues that are most important to them and their communities," said Liu.
Liu plans to incorporate the three most popular ideas into testimony he will deliver before the City Council in June, when he next fulfills his City Charter-mandated duties to comment and advise on the mayor's budget. The period of "voting" on proposals ends at 11:59 p.m. June 2.
The council must approve the budget by midnight June 30.