WHAT'S HAPPENING IN ST. LOUIS?
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The 6th Ward initiated St. Louis’ first participatory budgeting process. They are now looking for dedicated 6th Ward residents to help lead the Steering Committee. Click to learn more.
The 20th Ward is beginning their first participatory budgeting process. Click to learn more.
The 15th Ward just finished St. Louis\’ second participatory budgeting process. Click to read about the winning projects.
Participatory Budgeting is a movement that’s quickly spreading throughout the United States. Originally implemented in Brazil over 20 years ago, over 1,000 cities have discovered how participatory budgeting can help their communities. In St. Louis, each ward is allocated a yearly budget for ward improvements. The budget is spent to improve things like sidewalks, streets, lighting, parks, etc. Usually the alderperson decides what projects get funded throughout the ward each year. Through participatory budgeting residents come together to share ideas on how they think the money should be spent, they create projects, then the entire ward gets to vote on which projects get funded for the year. It is a much more inclusive form of democracy. It gives more power back to people and allows the community to take more control of the decisions that affect their neighborhoods.
Attend a Neighborhood Assembly
Brainstorm with others in your community.
Join a Delegate Committee
Delegates take the community's ideas and turn them into proposals.
Residents in your community decide which projects get funded.