Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Winning projects revealed in District 2's Participatory Budgeting vote

In late March, local City Councilmember Carlina Rivera kicked off Council District 2’s first-ever round of Participatory Budgeting (PB) voting.

PB allows for residents to decide how to spend capital funds, allocated by the Councilmember, for community improvements.

And yesterday, she revealed the winning projects (there were 11 total on the ballot):

• Countdown clocks along the M9, M14A, and M14D bus lines
• Science mobile carts for P.S. 34, 730 E. 12th St.
• Street resurfacing throughout the District
• Gym renovations at P.S. 188/Girls Prep, 442 E. Houston St.
• An accessible lift at P.S. 40, 320 E. 20th St.

Rivera said that the PB cycle ended with nearly 4,800 votes.

"I was very proud to see our community so involved in what really is civic engagement at its best, where district residents as young as 11 directly decided how some of their taxpayer dollars would be spent in their community," she said in her May newsletter released yesterday.

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