St. Pete activists launch the "People's Budget Review"

click to enlarge St. Petersburg League of Women Voters President Darden Rice, speaking at the People's Budget Review announcement Monday at St. Petersburg City Hall. - Arielle Stevenson
Arielle Stevenson
St. Petersburg League of Women Voters President Darden Rice, speaking at the People's Budget Review announcement Monday at St. Petersburg City Hall.

A diverse crowd gathered on the steps of St. Petersburg City Hall Monday morning to officially launch a public survey initiative called the People's Budget Review. The coalition behind the push to get 10,000 surveys from St. Petersburg residents, includes the NAACP, Agenda 2010, Awake Pinellas and the League of Women Voters.

"The public tends to be presented with two extremes when it comes to budgets," said Darden Rice, president of the St. Petersburg League of Women Voters. "We want to get the public thinking creatively and critically about finding the middle ground between austere cuts and raising taxes."

Their volunteers were everyone: the young, old, employed, underemployed and unemployed. The goal is to gather 10,000 surveys from citizens on their concerns for city spending.

click to enlarge St. Petersburg League of Women Voters President Darden Rice, speaking at the People's Budget Review announcement Monday at St. Petersburg City Hall. - Arielle Stevenson
Arielle Stevenson
St. Petersburg League of Women Voters President Darden Rice, speaking at the People's Budget Review announcement Monday at St. Petersburg City Hall.
  • Arielle Stevenson
  • St. Petersburg League of Women Voters President Darden Rice, speaking at the People's Budget Review announcement Monday at St. Petersburg City Hall.