Greensboro residents get opportunity to vote on budget next week

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It’s an opportunity for people living in Greensboro to decide what the city should do with $500,000 of its budget.

It’s called Participatory Budgeting and for months people in each district have come together to make a list of proposed projects they would like to see, but you have the final say.

“I think it’s a good approach and I’m glad to see the improvements continuing to be efforted,” said Jim Collins, who lives in Greensboro.

“People like to feel important. [To] know that they have a say in things,” Greensboro resident Rachel Blackwell said.

For the past couple of months people from districts one through five have been creating a list of how to spend the $500,000.

“Probably the number one consistent truth that I have found is that from city to city very few people actually know what’s in the budget and that’s what Participatory Budget is all about,” said Valerie Warren, community engagement coordinator.

Right now, more than 40 potential projects are on the table

“Projects that include adult exercise equipment so that parents and families can exercise while their kids are having fun at playgrounds. Innovations that include solar charging stations, we also have some solar trash cans that are really interesting,” Warren said.

Fifteen of the 25 projects residents voted on last year are already done. That includes crosswalks in areas like Spring Garden Street and Vandalia Road, a mobile tracking app for bus routes and continuing work on bike lane improvements.

“I think if the city would get the word out, especially to the college kids because that’s the next generation coming up and stuff, I think that would be a good idea. I think people would like to get involved, they just don’t know,” said Tommy Perkins, a Greensboro resident.

“It’s not a lot of money. I would like to see it be more money that we had more say in,” Collins said.

Starting Monday, Oct. 23, you get a chance to vote on the list of projects. Voting runs until Friday, Nov. 17.

 

Voting times and locations:

  • Oct. 23, 2:30-5:30 p.m., Hemphill Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Road
  • Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Glenwood Recreation Center, 2010 Coliseum Blvd.
  • Oct. 28, 9-11 a.m., Lewis Recreation Center, 3110 Forest Lawn Drive
  • Nov. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Windsor Recreation Center, 1601 E. Gate City Blvd.
  • Nov. 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Lindley Recreation Center, 2907 Springwood Drive
  • Nov. 4, 9-11 a.m., McGirt-Horton Library, 2501 Phillips Ave.
  • Nov. 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Benjamin Library, 1530 Benjamin Parkway
  • Nov. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Glenwood Recreation Center, 2010 Coliseum Blvd.
  • Nov. 17, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Central Library, 219 N. Church St.

Visit greensboro-nc.gov/PBvoting for more information on Participatory Budgeting.