Our Money, Our Voice

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Community members – like you – 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




image of online idea collection form and a map of all of the ideas that have been submitted by residents



Idea Collection is Now Closed!


Residents from District 6 and District 8 recently had the opportunity to brainstorm and identify issues in their neighborhood that needs to be addressed.


Why were residents asked to submit their 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 residents have submitted will help Louisville Metro Government measure the needs and priorities of our community
  • The information we collect helps our 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.

Check out the ideas that residents have submitted about how they'd prefer to see their tax money spent!


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Those who wish to track the progress of their ideas are encouraged to volunteer with us as a community scientist. 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!



Community-led decison-making creates healthier communities!





Volunteer Opportunities


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