Participatory budgeting makes sure that those who haven't usually had a voice in local government, such as those under the age of 18, those who are undocumented, and those who have a felony on their record are encouraged to participate.
It increases leadership capacity, social cohesion, social capital, and build
- healthy communication
- mutual understanding
- and trust
between residents and their local government.
Most of all, it allows residents to identify their own priorities and creates opportunities for their ideas to be heard.
The purpose of participatory budgeting is to increase equitable decision-making and allow residents greater access to government processes.
We believe this kind of participation will improve health and equity in Louisville.
If we get lots of community participation, our goal is to use the success of this pilot initiative to make this opportunity available again to the entire county
Who will determine which projects get funded?
The steering committee has worked to draft a rule book of guidelines for how the participatory budgeting process will be implemented in in order to help residents in Council Districts 6 & 8 participate meaningfully in the decision-making about how to spend $150,000 of the local budget.
The final decision about which projects get funded will be made by voters from District 6 & District 8.
Click to view | Draft Louisville PB Handbook [currently under construction]
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We're looking for champions committed to:
- Ensuring a sense of belonging and resources for Our neighbors with special needs and/or disabilities to be able to meaningfully participate, extending beyond regulatory compliance with the ADA
- Creating an engaging environment which allows for Our youth to meaningfully participate
- Equitably amplifying the contributions & perspectives of Our West End neighbors (District 6)
- Protecting the health and wellbeing of Our undocumented neighbors
- Creating a welcoming & equitable environmental for our Spanish-speaking, Muslim, Asian-American/Pacific Islanders, and LGTBQIA+ neighbors (poblaciones de habla española, السكان الناطقين بالعربية, 说话人群).
- Considering the needs for Our senior neighbors
- A welcoming & equitable environment for Our foreign-born neighbors
- Creating a sense of belonging and resources for Our neighbors who live in public housing to participate meaningfully and know their contributions are valued
- Creating a family-friendly and equitable environment for families with limited access to childcare
- Create a space which welcomes for Our residents with limited digital access and/or limited transportation
- Recognizing that, if an identity or need was not named here, we are still committed to creating space for them to thrive in this process
Know of someone who should have a seat at the table or who’d benefit from learning more about participatory budgeting? Contact the Center for Health Equity to find out more about all the ways you can get involved.