We’re not done voting yet…

November 10, 2022 / Comments (0)


Denver’s first Participatory Budgeting Program is open for voting and residents are encouraged to head online to rank their top projects and help decide how to spend $2 million of infrastructure funds. Ballots will remain open through November 20, 2022.

In the first year of the program, the city piloted both a regional approach to participatory budgeting and a more general, citywide process. The $2 million available for projects is divided across four ballot areas:

  • A citywide ballot for all areas in the city with a budget of $1 million for residents who live or go to school in Denver
  • A far northeast Denver ballot with a maximum budget of $400,000 for residents living in Montbello or Green Valley Ranch/Gateway
  • An east Denver ballot with a budget of $300,000 for residents who live or go to school in East Colfax, Montclair, Hale, or South Park Hill
  • An east central Denver ballot with a budget of $300,000 for residents who live or go to school in City Park, City Park West, Congress Park, Cheesman Park, Capitol Hill, or North Capitol Hill

Residents will rank up to five projects per ballot, and the city will construct as many of the top selections as possible within each area’s available budget.

The voting phase comes after a summer of public engagement where 1,100 residents submit hundreds of ideas for consideration in the pilot program. Over the last two months, a group of community members, called Budget Delegates, ranked ideas, identified priorities, and built out specific proposals—complete with locations, descriptions, and cost estimates. PB ballots are ready for voters and, with no voting restrictions for age or immigration status, the electorate for the program will look different and more diverse than formal elections.

Get involved and learn more about what Participatory Budgeting is at www.denvergov.org/DenverPB

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