West End community set to decide how to spend $100,000
Locals have the chance to choose how parking revenue is reinvested as part of an innovative budgeting program.
"The committee is very excited to see Participatory Budgeting happening in our local community and have the opportunity get funding for the projects that matter to the West End." said Kendal Fish
Residents of the West End will decide how revenue generated in their community is spent as part of the City of Vancouver's new participatory budgeting program.
WE Choo$e Impact Team
A committee called WE Choo$e Impact Team, which is formed of local residents and community groups, is asking people who live and work in the West End to suggest ways that they would like to see $100,000 spent in the area.
The group is partnering with the City to launch the project which is designed to increase public involvement in the financial decisions that impact their area.
Speaking about the project, WE Choo$e Co-Chair Kendal Fish said: "The committee is very excited to see Participatory Budgeting happening in our local community and have the opportunity get funding for the projects that matter to the West End. We hope that lots of our neighbours will share their project ideas with us either at the upcoming meetings or via the online survey."
Until February 21, the committee will be collecting ideas of projects that the money should be spent on and will then develop these proposals ahead of a local vote on the projects later this year.
The funding for this project has come from the additional revenue generated by the changes to residents' permit parking in the West End which were introduced in late 2017.
Previous participatory budget projects in New York and Toronto have led to funding for technology upgrades in libraries, neighbourhood beautification and playground renovations.
For the pilot program, projects can require funding ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, therefore there could be multiple projects offering unique community-identified and driven solutions.
People can submit their ideas on how the $100,000 should be spent online, or at one of the public information sessions which include pop-up events and community assemblies where there will be a presentation and an ideation session.
- Wed, January 23, 4pm to 7pm at West End Community Centre
- Fri, January 25, 11am to 2pm at Jim Deva Plaza
- Tues, January 29, 4pm to 7pm at Robson and Bute Plaza
- Sat, January 26, 1:30pm to 3:30pm at Gordon Neighbourhood House
- Sat, February 2, 2pm to 4pm at West End Community Centre
- Thurs, February 7, 6 to 8pm at Dr. Peter Centre