After a busy night District 7 residents have decided how to spend $94,000

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Three projects received full funding & one more receive partial funding

District 7 – Peninsula South Downtown residents gathered tonight to debate, discuss, and decide what projects will receive funding and help make their community a better place. Waye Mason, the area councillor, invited district residents to once again to determine spending priorities for this year’s $94,000 district capital budget.

“It was so great to see residents from all over the District come out to talk about what matters to them” said Mason. “It is so exciting to see the number of residents participating grow so much this year. It was also great to see so many school age kids come out and participate.”

This year over 260 residents participated in the discussion with project sponsors and voted throughout the course of the evening, up from about 120 in 2013. Each resident was provided a ballot and allowed to vote on five projects.

“All of the projects were great, and it was very hard to chose, but I think the residents made great choices” added Mason.

Residents voted to provide full funding for three projects: Shelter NS received $20,000 for a community garden, Halifax Music Co-op was successful in obtaining $36,462 for an exciting venue upgrade, and Gorsebrook Junior High School Parent Teacher Association community garden project received $30,000. The Metro Non-Profit Housing Association received partial funding of $7,500 for basement upgrades at for the Morris House.

Proposals will now be vetted by HRM staff and pending policy and due diligence by staff organizations should receive their funding in two to four weeks.

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