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How would you spend $2 million?
Vote now for your favorite Your Voice, Your Choice park and street improvements
You decide how to spend $2 million of the City’s budget
SEATTLE (September 3, 2019) – The month of September is your chance to vote for your favorite local park and street improvement projects. It’s all part of the City of Seattle’s Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets, a participatory budgeting program in which community members democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget on small park and street improvements. Approximately $186,000 is available for each Council district, and residents can cast their ballots for their top three choices in the district where they live, work, go to school, receive services, or volunteer. The projects that receive the most votes will be funded by the City and implemented in 2020. Community members ages 11 and up can vote online or at all Seattle Public Library branches.
Each council district has its own ballot. The projects were selected from 619 ideas submitted in January by community members across Seattle. More than 1289 community members evaluated and prioritized each idea based on the need and community benefit. The projects, which can be viewed by council district, range from new pedestrian lighting to sidewalk installations.
Of the $2 million, $700,000 overall will go toward funding projects in Equity and Environment Initiative (EEI) Focus Areas. These are geographic areas where communities of color, immigrants, refugees, people with low incomes, Native peoples, and limited-English proficiency individuals tend to live. Because these areas are highly impacted by socio-economic and environmental challenges, the City’s goal is to ensure those most affected have a voice in finding solutions.
After ballots are tallied, the winning projects will be announced in October. You can find information and voting instructions at www.seattle.gov/yvyc.