The results of the first participatory budgeting session for Halifax District 7 are in. Fifty-five citizens gathered at Spencer House Seniors Centre on June 5 to establish community priorities for spending $92,000 in District 7 capital funds.
“The meeting was very positive and people were really excited to be involved, and some strong messages were heard,” said Waye Mason, District 7 Councillor. “The number one message was that we need to take more time to allow groups to get their projects together, and we need to do more outreach to people who are not engaged by social media.”
As a result, the second meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 17, 7-9 pm at the Exhibition Room, Medjuck Building, Dalhousie Sexton Campus, 5410 Spring Garden Road. “The move to a larger room allows us to accommodate the hundreds of people we believe will attend,” added Mason.
Projects will be presented “science fair style” and citizens will be invited to vote for the five most compelling presentations to determine how the district capital budget will be spent. Residents no longer have to have attended the first meeting to present a project. Projects should reflect the community’s priorities: projects are ideally intergenerational, inclusive, provide healthy spaces to gather and connect communities within District 7.
The Exhibition Room is across from the Halifax Memorial Library and well-served by many major bus routes. Childcare will be provided, though participants are asked to email about their needs in advance to ensure adequate support.
Interested groups with project ideas are asked read this information, to review the report from the first meeting, and if you have any questions to call Lynn Matheson at 490 7177 in the Council Support Office, and submit applications no later than Thursday, July 11 by 4pm.