In the Fall of 2018, ‘Our Money Our Voice’ knocked on doors, visited organizations, and attended neighborhood events to gather ideas from you for ways to best spend $100,000. Between both districts, we collected over 400 ideas!
During the winter, community volunteers did research to assess the cost, feasibility, and equity and ensure that every idea on the final ballot can be funded. They worked with Louisville Metro Government employees to make sure their research was accurate. The ideas that were out of budget, already planned for by Metro, or were otherwise not eligible were moved off the list.
The remaining ideas were recommended for the final ballot residents used to vote for how the $100,000 should be spent in their council districts.
Check out the sample ballot for participating districts at our district pages.
While this is a pilot, our goal is to use the lessons learned to expand the participatory budgeting process across Jefferson County.
Did You Know: Community-led decison-making creates healthier communities?
Listen to the Center for Health Equity Director, T. Gonzales as he and Aja Barber discuss the importance of allowing communities shape the policies that impact their well-being
“Our hope is that the Our Money Our Voice pilot project can be replicated and expanded in future years as the initiative attracts foundation and other funding sources,” said Aja Barber, administrator with the Center for Health Equity and director of the project. “Engaging the community is intrinsic to public health. Our vision is a healthy Louisville where everyone and every community thrives. Participatory budgeting is a way to make that happen.”