Our City Our Say


We want to thank everyone who submitted ideas to the Participatory Budgeting survey. The submission period for ideas has concluded and we are assessing all the proposals. We are delighted to have received a number of exciting ideas from all six wards throughout the city.

This page will be updated with instructions on the voting process once the online ballots are ready. Stay tuned...

Participatory Budgeting Form Tutorial

WHAT IS PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING?

Participatory budgeting is a transparent process where residents submit and vote on project ideas and initiatives they want to see funded in their communities. Residents will vote on ideas in their Ward and the winners will get funded in this year's city budget.

PILOT PROGRAM

The Participatory Budget Pilot Program has been created to directly involve residents in the City’s spending decisions. To encourage residents to get involved, residents will nominate projects for up to $50,000 in funding.

GOAL

The goal is to fund community projects that residents want and need for the betterment of their neighborhood, whether a new playground, after school programs, or other community initiative.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

The online submission process involves answering questions:
How will the project benefit the community?
How will the project benefit the location?

Residents are encouraged to submit pictures to support their proposal further, so get creative!

WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE SUBMISSIONS?

The City departments will then assist with consolidating similar ideas and further developing them by assigning appropriate scopes, timelines, and costs.

In addition to idea submissions, the pilot program will allow for more shared context as to how the municipal budget works, how much projects cost, and what lies within the City’s jurisdiction versus other government entities, such as the County or State.

HOW TO SUBMIT IDEAS

Residents will be offered a virtual tutorial as well as hard-copy educational materials ahead of the voting period for residents who want to participate. The program will help educate the public on the budgetary process, which can often be difficult, and empower residents to be actively involved in the process using convenient and easy-to-use technology.