The 'Balancing Act' App Lets Constituents Help Balance Their City’s Finances

By: Katherine Pendrill - Jul 8, 2015
References: abalancingact & springwise
'Balancing Act' is a city budgeting app that gives residents the power to weigh in on their city's finances. The new app is designed to promote transparency and citizen participation by giving constituents the opportunity to interact with their city's budget.

One of the main aspects of the Balancing Act app is that it provides citizens with a full breakdown of their city's budget in the form of adjustable pie charts. Beyond providing information on a city's finances, the app also allows citizens to experiment with hypothetical budgets. Citizens can adjust taxes and spending in order to suit different priorities. The project allows citizens to participate in city budgeting and weigh in on issues that might concern them.

The new app not only promotes transparency, but it also helps city governments better understand the needs and input of their constituents.