Refund Cleveland is back for 2022 by The Open Cleveland Team

21 February 2022

We are proud to update for the 2022 Mayoral Budget for the City of Cleveland for its 2nd year of use.

The residents of Cleveland have little direct power to shape their city’s budget. There is no participatory budgeting program, no budget town halls, and few opportunities for the residents of Cleveland to discuss with their elected officials what the spending priorities should be in their community during the annual budget cycle in February and March. At 530 pages, the proposed budget is obtuse, requires understanding of City Hall’s organizational structure and not for the general residents to find out what is being funded.

Refund Cleveland designed to:

  • Simplify the budget so it is easier to understand
  • Show where money is - and isn’t going
  • Provide people a chance to prioritize what they wish to fund
  • Provide people with the opportunity to see the difference between their budget priorities and their city government’s priorities
  • Share their proposed budget with the public and their councilperson

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Thank you to all of the advocates and partner organizations who’ve supported our project including PB Cleveland; Cleveland Documenters, and Black Lives Matters Cleveland.

Open Cleveland is an all-volunteer group of residents working to improve our community through technology and open civic data. We are an affiliate of Code For America.

If you would like to contribute to this project: Email us at opencleveland at gmail dot com The programming code behind is available at