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The Ins and Outs of Your City Budget

Calls to defund the police have sparked interest in city budgets. Here’s an illustrated guide to what you should know. 

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Illustration by Ariel Aberg-Riger



Editor's Note: Amid a surge of interest in police budgets, CityLab’s visual storyteller Ariel Aberg-Riger takes on the sometimes-impenetrable city budget process: Why it's so hard to understand, ways to make it more accessible, and clues to being a better budget advocate. 

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