Who can participate in the citizens’ budget?
Everyone can and may participate in the citizen's budget regardless of your age.
Can I submit a project now?
Unfortunately, it is not yet possible to submit projects. This will not be possible until the third round. In order to give all ideas a chance, themes must first be chosen.
How can I participate in the citizens’ budget?
Events are organized on different dates, where you will have plenty of opportunity to participate and decide. The sooner you join in, the more influence you have.
When are projects implemented?
Projects receiving the most votes will be implemented. During a festive final event, residents choose which projects will be carried out.
Can I also participate in 1 of the 4 rounds?
Of course you can! But if you join in later, certain choices may already have been made.
Why a citizens’ budget?
The Municipality of Maastricht organises the citizens’ budget with the help of the Province of Limburg. We believe that residents know what the problems are in the city and together will come up with good ideas. We want to inspire you. What would you do with 300,000 euros?
Does the municipality decide on my idea?
The citizens’ budget allows you to make your own choices and take your own decisions. The municipality does, however, assess submitted projects. Do they comply with the law? Are they covered by the powers of the municipality? And aren't they completely at odds with developments that have already been set in motion? Together with other residents of the city, you will discuss the good ideas. You and your co-residents jointly decide what you think should happen.
Do I have to carry out my idea myself?
No. It's possible, but you don't have to. Of course it’s nice if you carry out your idea together with other local residents, but the municipality or a business can also carry out the project or idea.
Can I take part as a business owner in Maastricht (and non-resident)?
Entrepreneurs are very welcome to take part in the events. Citizens’ Budget Maastricht is for and by residents of Maastricht. This means that ideas and initiatives must benefit the City of Maastricht. People from outside the city (or entrepreneurs who do not live in the city) are also welcome to help come up with ideas and projects that benefit residents.
The municipality must economise. Why yet a citizens' budget?
It is true that the municipality must cut back. Structurally, the municipality must cut 12 million a year in the coming years.
The Municipal Executive has proposed austerity options for this to the municipal council. The city council must decide on this in June of this year.
The plan to start with a citizens' budget is already something for the cuts. In 2019, the city council visited the district of Antwerp to see how such a citizens' budget works and what it yields for residents. In the case of the citizens' budget, it is also not really relevant how much money is available within the total municipality (budget). More importantly, the power to determine what happens with government money shifts to you: the inhabitants. Together you determine in various rounds on which themes and (subsequently) concrete projects and ideas the money is spent.