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City Residents Approve Participatory Budgeting Projects

Post Date:11/19/2019 5:00 PM

City residents voted to fully fund 16 projects and programs and partially fund four more during Greensboro Participatory Budgeting (PB) Cycle 3, which ended October 31. 

The winning projects include a new bus stop, youth job skills training, a farmers market pilot program at Keeley Park, and playground upgrades. Residents in all five districts approved funding for the one citywide project on the ballot, a $90,000 downtown weekend trolley pilot program.

PB allows residents 14 and older to decide how to spend up to $500,000 of City funds. This year, residents submitted more than 600 ideas for projects or programs they wanted to see funded. Volunteer PB Budget Delegates and City staff evaluated the proposals to determine which projects to put on the ballots. This year, 3,961 residents voted.

Residents had up to $100,000 to spend per City Council District. In cases where there was not enough money to fund a full proposal, City staff evaluated whether the project could be partially completed with the remaining money. Final vote totals can be viewed online. The following projects received the most votes in each district, and will be sent to City manager for inclusion in the fiscal year 2020-2021 budget: 

District 1: 

  1. Glenwood Library Charging Station - 288 votes
    • Funding: $4,500
  2. Downtown Weekend Trolley Pilot Program - 249
    • Funding: $18,000 from District 1
  3. Hampton Park Playground Improvements and Master Plan – 239 votes
    • Funding: $31,000
  4. Old Peck Park Bicycle Racks and Master Plan – 237 votes
    • Funding: $12,000
  5. Greentree Park Upgrades and Master Plan – 233 votes
    • Funding: $22,000
  6. Steelman Park Upgrades – 196 votes
    • Partial funding: $12,500 of the $25,000 requested

     District 2:

  7. Career Technical Education Youth Training Program – 345 votes
    • Funding: $15,000
  8. Chavis Library Bus Shelter – 334 votes
    • Funding: $6,000
  9. Downtown Trolley Pilot Program – 305 votes
    • Funding: $18,000 from District 1
  10. Composting Education and Community Farmers Market Pilot Program – 263 votes
    • Funding: $25,000
  11. Kings Forest Park Upgrades and Master Plan – 227 votes
    • Partial funding: $36,000 of $40,000 requested

       

      District 3:

  1. Downtown Trolley Pilot Program – 922 votes
    • Funding: $18,000 from District 3
  1. Lake Daniel Park Upgrades – 821 votes
    • Funding: $10,000
  2. Bog Garden Boardwalk Upgrade Design – 787 votes
    • Funding: $50,000
  3. Fisher Park Signs and Master Plan – 723 votes
    • Partial funding: $22,000 of $25,000 requested

District 4:

  1. Sunset Hills Park Tree Safety – 1,054 votes
    • Funding: $8,000
  2. Downtown Trolley Pilot Program – 863 votes
    • Funding: $18,000 from District 4
  3. Sunset Hills Park and Market Street Crosswalk – 680 votes
    • Funding: $21,500
  4. Chapman Street and Sylvan Road Crosswalk – 573 votes
    • Funding: $15,000
  5. Lindley Pool Locker Room Upgrades – 418 votes
    • Partial funding: $37,500 of $70,000 requested

District 5

  1. Random Woods Park Basketball Goal Upgrades and Story Walk – 400 votes
    • Funding: $10,000
  2. Downtown Trolley Pilot Program – 378 votes
    • Funding: $18,000 from District 5
  3. Griffin Community Park Upgrades – 366 votes
    • Funding: $40,000
  4. Hester Park Art Mural
    • Funding: $30,000

City Council will consider that budget next spring. The fiscal year 2020-21 budget goes into effect July 1, 2020. Visit the PB Greensboro website to read the full project descriptions or for more information on Participatory Budgeting.

 

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