Your Voice, Your Choice 2018: Help decide how to spend $3 million on park and street improvements in Seattle
information from the City of Seattle
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is again engaging community members to democratically decide how to spend $3 million of the City’s budget on small-scale park and street improvements. This is the third year of participatory budgeting through Your Voice, Your Choice (YVYC): Parks & Streets.
From now to February 2, community members can submit an idea online at seattle.gov/yvyc or in-person at any Seattle Public Library branch. Projects could include park benches, trail improvements, flashing beacons, and curb ramps to name a few. The only criteria are the ideas be physical improvements for Seattle’s parks or streets, benefit the public, and cost $90,000 or less.
We had nearly 400 ideas from 2017 that will be “rolled over” for consideration in 2018. Check out the map detailing these ideas.
Once ideas are submitted, volunteers will be recruited to turn the ideas into 8 – 10 proposals per district. Then this summer, everyone will have the opportunity to vote for the top projects within their district. You can learn more about the YVYC process and how to get involved on ourwebpage, and for questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Steering Committee
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking community leaders interested in serving on the Steering Committee for Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets. The YVYC Steering Committee will advise, guide and assist on key programmatic activities related to equity, the funding structure, outcomes and accountability. The membership will be selected through an open-application process with an emphasis on centering communities of color and selecting individuals who have not been historically engaged by or in government or budget processes. All YVYC Steering Committee members will receive a consultation fee. To learn more, visit ourwebsite, and to apply online, go here. The deadline for applications is Friday, January 19 at 6:00 PM.