Our Money, Our Voice

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Make Your Voice Count! VOTE NOW through March 15

On February 15 through March 15, community members – like you – will directly decide how to spend $200,000 of the public budget in Council Districts 6 and 8.

 

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The ‘Our Money, Our Voice’ participatory budgeting initiative is being 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), $50,000 in funds from Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, and $50,000 from the Humana Foundation.

 

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!

 

Community scientists share the ideas they've researched for the ballots with the steering committee.

 

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 will use February 16 – March 14 to vote for how $100,000 should be spent in their council districts.

 

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Check out the sample ballot for participating districts at our district pages.

Click to View | District 6 Voting info

Click to View | District 8 Voting info

 

There you will find information about:

  • Voting locations & times
  • Sample Ballot
  • Voter eligibility requirements
  • Online Voting 
  • How ballot items were selected
  • How to get involved

 

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

 

 

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