Sixth Ward Residents Vote on Participatory Budgeting Projects

Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – If you could directly decide how to spend your tax dollars, what would you choose?

The results are in from just such an experiment in the city.

Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia says out of 12 projects, 6th ward residents chose three to spend their $95,000street lighting, trash cans and security cameras.

“Then we’ll be implementing some mobile security cameras in the ward, which will be able to go to places where we have some hot-spot crime occurring, and then can be moved at a later date,” Ingrassia says.

Resident Ivan Martin voted for the trash cans, but likes them all.

“I know when our lights are out, mischief happens,” he says.

Ingrassia says turnout was 4 percent, which is higher than the 1 percent that’s turned out in other parts of the country.

She says some aldermen have asked her to help set-up participatory budgeting in their wards. Other aldermen are upset because their residents want it, but they don’t.

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