Public art. Bus shelters with solar panels. Wi-Fi hotspot picnic tables. Sidewalks. Pedestrian crossings. Now is your chance to voice your priorities and vote in the first-ever participatory budgeting process for projects that will soon impact your neighborhood.
Over 500 ideas were initially submitted during the idea collection phase in fall 2018, with the second phase of proposal development taking place from January to April 2019. During this second phase, over 100 students and residents from the community reviewed, vetted, analyzed, and developed over 40 project proposals using data, community research, and support from technical experts. Now, the voting phase is underway seeking resident input on which of the top 40 projects should move to the final implementation phase.
PB Durham Voting Requirements-
- must be 13 years of age or older at the time of voting
- must be a City of Durham resident or student
Residents are encouraged to vote in one-of-three ways until May 31:
- Vote online at PB Stanford– residents and students can vote online to help determine which projects will move forward in Wards 1, 2, and 3 using the PB Stanford Online Voting Platform. Voting ballots are available in English and Spanish to help select the top projects in each ward. To find your ward click here
- Vote at a PB Voting Sites – in-person voting sites will be held throughout the city in partnership with project stakeholders such as Durham Public Schools, Durham Housing Authority, and North Carolina Central University. Printed voted ballots in English and Spanish will be available at each site.
- Vote at a PB Pop-up Voting Site – Pop-up sites will also be located throughout the city in order to meet residents in their communities and encourage in-person voting. Grocery stores, banks, shopping centers, and coffee shops are examples of pop-up sites. Printed voted ballots in English and Spanish will be available at each pop-up site.
For more information, visit the PB Durham website or contact Budget Engagement Coordinator Robin Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org or (984) 227-3395. Residents may also follow PB Durham on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for real-time updates throughout this process.