Initiative to allow some residents from 2 Louisville districts to vote on budgets

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The city of Louisville is letting some residents from two Metro Council districts decide how money will be spent in their neighborhoods.

Louisville Metro Council members and the Department of Public Health and Wellness announced the start of the "Our Money, Our Voice" initiative Wednesday morning. It will allow people who live in some District 6 and District 8 neighborhoods decide how $150,000 of the city budget is spent in their areas.

Park improvements, sidewalks and bike paths are all things the money could go toward.

Each district will have to vote on proposed projects before they're approved.

"Projects like Our Money, Our Voice are intrinsic to the work of public health," said Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Department of Public Health and Wellness, in a statement. "Our vision is a healthy Louisville where everyone and every community thrives. Our mission is to achieve health equity and to improve the health of the people of our city. The best way to build a thriving community is to include everyone in the decision-making process from the start and participatory budgeting is a means to make that happen."

District 6 neighborhoods participating in the program include Algonquin, California, Limerick, Old Louisville, Park Hill, Russell (the section north of Broadway Avenue, south of Plymouth Street, west of 22nd Street and east of 26th Street), Taylor-Berry, University and Victory Park.

District 8 neighborhoods participating in the program include Belknap, Bonnycastle, Alta Vista, Cherokee Triangle, Deer Park, Gardiner Lane - Upper Highlands, Hawthorne, Hayfield Dundee - Upper Highlands, Highlands Douglass, Original Highlands, Seneca Vista and Tyler Park.

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