Our Money, Our Voice

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Which projects were funded?

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

 

diagram that explains the participatory budgeting process in sequence including; design the process, brainstorm ideas, community research, cast a vote, and fund winning projects.

 

The ‘Our Money, Our Voice’ participatory budgeting initiative was 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 used to vote for how the $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:

  • Which projects were funded
  • Sample Ballot
  • Voter eligibility requirements
  • How ballot items were selected
  • Stay Tuned for more information about next steps!

 

photograph of residents submitting ballots to decide how to spend $100,000

 

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.”

 

 

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