District 7 Residents Will Decide How to Spend $92,000

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This article is archived from 2013.  For current info click here.

Be part of a new way of making decisions about spending public money in Halifax.

Residents of District 7 Peninsula South Downtown are invited to join Waye Mason, HRM Councillor, in a participatory budgeting process to distribute $92,000 in capital funding to the community.

“We are trying a new and different way to make decisions about how to spend public money in our community” said Mason. “Community members will decide how to spend this money. By collaborating with local community entrepreneurs at co*lab to host these events we are able to experiment with new ways to engage and inform residents.”

District 7 – Peninsula South Downtown residents are invited to Spencer House on June 5 and 19th to discuss how to spend the district’s HRM capital budget. “It will be educational for residents, as all projects must fit in HRM policies and guidelines to get funding” said Mason.

The money can be used for things like: installing benches, bike racks, public art; renovating a park or playground; signage, public washrooms, bleachers, and other capital projects that provide a public good.

The first meeting will take June 5th and determine, “What are our priorities in this community?” Participants will learn more about the process and help set community priorities and develop strategies for spending.

The second meeting will take place June 19th, where participants will be asked to present projects and decide. (NEW DATE AND LOCATION – July 17, Exhibition Hall, Dal Sexton Campus, 5410 Spring Garden INFO HERE)

Both meetings take place between 7 pm and 9 pm at Spencer House Community Centre, located at 5596 Morris Street, south side between Queen and South Park. The Centre is directly served by the #90, and 300 metres from the bus stop at Spring Garden and Queen.

Childcare will be provided and participants are asked to please email in advance to ensure adequate support.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT THE PROJECT SITE: HALIFAXDISTRICT7.CA

  • Nancy R

    I love you, Waye! This is wonderful. “Participatory Budgeting.” On one hand, it’s brilliant; the other hand wonders why it hasn’t happened before. Thank you. The constituents of District 7 are very fortunate.

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