Drop by City Hall to learn more about the projects or to vote on who you think deserves a cut of $50,000 to improve life for Victorians. City of Victoria photo

City of Victoria wants input on how to spend $50,000 in community cash

Public to vote on top eight proposals to improve life for Victorians

How would you spend $50,000?

That’s the question the City of Victoria has posed to its residents in the first-ever participatory budgeting process. Giving the community the power to decide what to do with a portion of the City’s budget is the work of a steering committee made up of independent volunteers.

“The creativity of each proposal is a testament to this city having great people with innovative ideas and a drive to make a difference,” said committee member Julien Braun. “It’ll be a tough choice at the ballot box.”

The public has been asked to vote on eight projects shortlisted from 28 proposals submitted by individuals and organizations last fall. The requirement was simple – something viable that worked to improve life in Victoria for everyone.

The top entries included an urban bee apiary, solar power for the Compost Education Centre, an art and music program for seniors with dementia, employment training for vulnerable adults, an arts project for marginalized people, an electronic community resource board for the citizens of Fernwood, a pedal-powered bike music festival and a community learning garden for the Central branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library.

The winners will be announced in late January and the funding distributed in early 2018. To cast your vote online, visit Victoria.ca or drop by City Hall at Pandora Avenue and Douglas Street between now and Jan. 20.

kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com

City of Victoria

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Rare white orca spotted hunting off shores of Alaska for first time

Tl’uk seems healthy and strong, says researcher

Mental health challenges add to youth stress load

Part 2 in a Black Press series on Youth Homelessness

Langford bike park rolling along to completion

New park a tribute to Jordie Lunn’s legacy

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Sooke Bluffs staircase closed due to rot

District to consider replacement for ‘high risk’ staircase in fall

VIDEO: Greater Victoria police officers try bhangra dancing with social media star

Gurdeep Pandher leads bhangra lesson on front lawn of the BC Legislature building

Captain Horvat’s OT marker lifts Canucks to 4-3 win over Blues

Vancouver takes 2-0 lead in best-of-7 NHL playoff series with St. Louis

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

VIDEO: World responds to B.C. girl after pandemic cancels birthday party

Dozens of cards and numerous packages were delivered to six-year-old Charlie Manning

Expected fall peak of COVID-19 in Canada could overwhelm health systems: Tam

National modelling projections released Friday show an expected peak in cases this fall

Hundreds of sea lions to be killed on Columbia River in effort to save endangered fish

Nearly 22,000 comments received during public review were opposed, fewer than 200 were for

Most Read