Participatory Budgeting Returns – Councillors Invite Public Participation

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Councillors Jennifer Watts and Waye Mason are inviting the community’s input on how to spend each district’s 2014-2015 capital budget of $94,000.

The process, which is called Participatory Budgeting, was initiated in Halifax Regional Municipality last year by Councillor Mason. He held two public sessions in summer of 2014 – the first was an open exchange of ideas on how to spend the money and a vote was held at the second. The selected projects included funds for a new search and rescue vehicle for Halifax Regional Search and Rescue Team, bicycle repair stands on Dalhousie University campus and a scaffolding installation on Argyle Street during the building of Trade Centre.

Councillor Watts says “It will be really exciting to see the great suggestions and ideas that will come from community and neighbourhood groups for making District 8 and our municipality a better place to live.  This is seed money to grow great neighbourhood initiatives.”

District 7 – Councillor Waye Mason Participatory Budgeting Sessions

  • Brainstorm Session, Spencer House Seniors’ Centre, Wednesday, March 12 6-8
  • Project Submission Deadline (via email or mail) March 26, more info at www.halifaxdistrict7.ca
  • April 16, Community Meeting and Vote, Exhibit Hall, Medjuck Building

District 8 – Councillor Jennifer Watts

The dates and locations are being finalized; please sign up for her enewsletter for updates:www.jenniferwattshalifax.ca

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