Information about participatory budgeting
Participatory budgeting is a system that enables the citizens to influence in the way in which tax revenues will be used. Here you will find more information about participatory budgeting and learn how it is different from other ways of participating.
Criteria for evaluating ideas
The feasibility of each idea submitted on the Mun Tampere website will be evaluated according to the same criteria. This page contains information about the evaluation criteria.
Each participatory budgeting idea submitted on the Mun Tampere website must comply with the laws in force in Finland. An idea must not breach or contradict the general interpretation of the laws.
The city’s authority
The City of Tampere is in charge of the implementation of ideas receiving the most votes in the participatory budgeting voting.
The city can only implement ideas that are within the scope of the City of Tampere’s authority. The services produced by the City of Tampere itself as well as the development of the city’s land areas (for example, the streets and parks) belong within the scope of the city’s authority.
It is not possible to influence the operations of companies or individuals by using participatory budgeting.
Ideas that are feasible with the reserved funds
In the participatory budgeting pilot of the year 2020 of the City of Tampere, the sum reserved for the implementation of the citizens’ ideas is EUR 450,000. The reserved budget is divided between five areas of the city and a specific amount is reserved for ideas concerning the entire city.
The cost of a single participatory budgeting idea can be no more than the budget reserved for the area. The costs of an area-specific idea can be no more than EUR 70,000 and the costs of a city-wide idea can be no more than EUR 100,000.
The City of Tampere evaluates the costs of implementation before the voting is organised.
The theme of Tampere’s participatory budgeting for the year 2020 is the well-being of children and young people. All participatory budgeting ideas must seek to improve the well-being of the citizens under 18 years of age.
The personnel of the city together with a group of children and young people belonging to the target group evaluate whether the ideas comply with the annual theme.
Open and free-of-charge
The ideas and implementation of participatory budgeting must be open to all children and young people regardless of their ethnic background, nationality, wealth, religion, political or sexual orientation or physical qualities.
Each idea is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Positive special treatment is possible if an idea concerns operations or services that are intended for children and young people requiring special support or activities.
Participatory budgeting is used to provide the children and young people with free-of-charge, non-commercial activities.
Fixed-term and experimental ideas
It is hoped that the ideas of participatory budgeting be of fixed-term or experimental nature. It must be possible to implement the ideas with the funds reserved for the year 2021. The costs of implementing the ideas must not exceed the reserved funds or create long-term or permanent costs.
For example, many building projects create permanent maintenance costs. Instead of building a new park, we encourage people to innovate ideas that create activities for children and young people in the parks that already exist in the city.