Seattle's Residents Pick Funding for Streets, Park Projects

The "Your Voice Your Choice" program of participatory funding is in its second year in Seattle.
September 5, 2018, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has wrapped up a second year of its citywide participatory voting program, Your Voice Your Choice (YVYC), to select projects with a street or park focus to receive community funding," reports Ryan Packer.

"Last year, 33 projects received funding from a pool of $2 million, distributed close to equally amongst the seven city council districts. Each project was capped at $90,000 in YVYC grants," explains Packer. "In 2018, the district funding stayed the same, but an extra $1 million was added to the budget."

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has mapped out the 2018 projects awarded YVYC funding, and Packer notes a far greater demand for funding streets projects than supply of funding. Voter participation also declined in the second year of the program.

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Published on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 in The Urbanist
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