- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The City Council is asking New Yorkers to vote on how the government spends its money.

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito kicked off the council’s participatory budget season on Thursday.

It’s a process in which residents and council members collaborate on how the legislative body will spend a portion of its capital budget.

This year, it’s nearly $30 million.

The projects are decided during a series of public meetings. Then a vote will be taken at select polling sites later this month.

Some of the possibilities include elevator repairs in public housing, new playgrounds, or improved equipment for schools.

Twenty-four of the 51 councilmembers have elected to partake in the budgeting process.

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