Citizens will chose from over $180,000 in proposals, $92,000 available.
District 7 – Peninsula South Downtown residents will cast their votes this Wednesday to decide which capital projects are priorities for the community. This process is one of Canada’s most ambitious participatory budgeting projects, allocating $92,000 to citizen-led initiatives.
The project was initiated by Waye Mason, HRM Councillor for District 7, as a way to engage the community. “I am really excited to see the quality of the applications and the interest this is generating,” said Mason. “The community will decide how to spend this money while becoming engaged and informed about how municipal government works and makes decisions.”
Residents are invited on Wednesday, July 17 at 7pm to vote for their five favourite projects. Seventeen applications were received; with a total of over $180,000 in proposed projects. Projects cover a wide range: from benches on Barrington Street; new playground equipment for Spencer Park/St. Mary’s School; to support for replacing the Halifax Regional Search and Rescue Team vehicle, lost in a fire last year.
The votes must be submitted by 8:45 pm and the recommended projects will be announced at 9:00 pm that night. Projects will be presented “science fair style” with volunteers on hand to answer questions.
This is the only opportunity to help decide which projects are funded, and residents are encouraged to bring their friends and neighbours to vote. The Exhibition room is located in the Medjuck Building on the Dalhousie Sexton Campus, 5410 Spring Garden Road Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Residents can find more information on the website: http://halifaxdistrict7.ca