History of Participatory Budgeting in Seattle

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process that was first developed in Brazil in 1989 and is now practiced in over 3,000 cities around the world, including Chicago, Boston, New York, and San Francisco. Participatory budgeting focuses on engaging people who have not historically been involved in government or budget processes and lets community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.

The initiative began in Seattle in July 2015 with the launch of a citywide youth participatory budgeting process called Youth Voice, Youth Choice.

In 2017, the program was opened up to involve all Seattle residents. $2 million of the City's budget was set aside for Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks and Streets, which wrapped in what was previously known as our Neighborhood Park and Street Fund.

Read our 2017 Program Review and 2018 Planning Document.

Learn About 2017 Projects

In 2017, community members from all over the city submitted nearly 900 project ideas, which were narrowed down to 10 per City Council district by Project Development Teams. Each Council district selected their top projects amounting up to $285,000 per district. These projects were included in the Mayor's 2018 proposed budget, and work will take place throughout 2018.

Vote Results

Read about the winning projects from the 2017 Your Voice, Your Choice program: 2017 Vote Results.

Voter Guides

The Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets Voter Guides contain detailed information on each individual project that was on the ballot. The guides provide cost breakdowns, images, and proposed solutions that will help familiarize you with each project in your council district.

District 1 Voter Guide 
District 2 Voter Guide 
District 3 Voter Guide 
District 4 Voter Guide 
District 5 Voter Guide 
District 6 Voter Guide 
District 7 Voter Guide

Project Map

View a map of the final status of all ideas submitted in 2017: 2017 Ideas Collected Map.

Implementation

Track the progress of winning 2017 projects on the Seattle Department of Transportation's YVYC Project Implementation website.