Ward 6 Alderman Holds ‘Participatory Budgeting’ Meeting

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Residents of the city’s 6th Ward have the chance to decide how they want to spend $100,000 in their neighborhood.

It’s a process called “participatory budgeting” and alderman Christine Ingrassia is bringing it to her ward.

“Each year aldermen are allocated about $250,000 in capital improvement funds. They can do anything in a public space from parks improvements to streets, curbs, alleys, dumpsters,” she explained.

Ingrassia is using her ward’s $100,000 for this pilot program, soliciting ideas from residents. She expects most of the ideas to be for art projects or street improvements but is open to anything.

There will be five meetings to brainstorm ideas and the public will then vote on which projects receive funding. The first meeting was held Monday night and residents offered ideas ranging from filling potholes to fixing tennis courts at Reservoir Park.

The vote is expected to take place in April. All residents of Ward 6 over the age of 16 will have a vote.

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