Our Money, Our Voice

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Community members – like you – will get to directly decide how to spend $150,000 of the public budget in Council Districts 6 and 8.

For the first time in Louisville Metro, the ‘Our Money, Our Voice’ participatory budgeting initiative will be piloted in these two Council Districts using $50,000 of capital infrastructure funds set aside by Council President David James (District 6) and Councilman Brandon Coan (District 8) and $53,000 in funds from the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement, an initiative of Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness.

This process will provide residents in their districts with an opportunity to vote on how that money will be spent. While this is a pilot, our goal is to use the lessons learned to expand participatory budgeting as a county-wide process.

For this community-led initiative, residents of district 6 and 8 will have an opportunity to have a say in a participatory budgeting initiative sponsored by Louisville Metro Government.

Opportunities for input occur at every step:

  • brainstorm ideas that improve the community
  • develop the ideas that were submitted into project proposals
  • vote for the best proposals among these community-led ideas
  • and fund the winning projects




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Residents can now submit ideas online!

Do you have an idea for how you’d like to spend $75,000?

Residents from District 6 and District 8 can now share and submit their ideas online.

Between now and the end of October, residents will have the opportunity to brainstorm and identify issues in their neighborhood that needs to be addressed.


Why should you submit your ideas?

  • This is the first opportunity Louisville residents will have to shape & lead the decision-making about what happens in their own neighborhoods
  • The ideas you submit helps us measure the needs and priorities of your community
  • The information we collect helps your local government identify and remove barriers to equity, accessibility, and inclusion
  • When we understand the needs and priorities of your neighborhood, it helps us build a shared vision for a Louisville where every community can thrive.


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Let us know what kinds of projects you think Metro should fund to improve your neighborhood. This help us better understand the needs and priorities of your neighborhoods.

Those who wish to track the progress of their ideas are encouraged to volunteer with us. This helps provide accountability, resident oversight, and an opportunity for community to directly decide which ideas are eligible to be put on the voting ballot.

Residents from participating council districts will have an opportunity to vote on their ideas in Spring of 2019. Stay tuned for more information!



Now Recruiting Civic Innovation Volunteers:

■ We're looking for volunteers to assist with the proposal development process

Volunteers will have the opportunity to shape the decision-making about which community ideas get funded in their neighborhoods

  • Discuss and prioritize initial ideas submitted
  • Consult with residents, the Steering Committee, and Metro Staff to determine the eligibility project ideas
  • Develop community idea submissions into ballot proposals
  • Prepare project displays and presentations for voting in February
  • Email Clayton.Oeth@LouisvilleKY.gov if you're interested in attending volunteer orientation 

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Volunteer Opportunities


Canvassing @ Limerick & Toonerville


Pop Up Event @ La Casita Center


Proposal Development Events


Civic Innovation Institute -- Open House



Want to recommend a location for an idea collection event? 

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