Your Voice, Your Choice

In response to COVID-19, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, along with all City departments, has been shifting our resources, staff, and efforts toward supporting the needs of our community, including our most vulnerable residents. With the challenges of uncertain economic conditions this year and next, the Your Voice, Your Choice Participatory Budgeting Program is suspended for 2020. Staff will hold on to the ideas that were collected earlier this year. 

The 2019 awarded projects that were due for construction in 2020 will be delayed and may not be constructed until 2021 at the earliest due to reduced city crew capacity related to COVID-19.  

Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets is an annual initiative in which Seattle residents democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City's budget on small-scale park and street improvements. A total of $2 million has been allocated in the 2020 budget and residents can participate in the district where they live, work, go to school, receive services, or volunteer.

Your Voice, Your Choice is important because it is a simple way for people to get involved, connect with neighbors, and make a positive impact in their community.

- Kim S., YVYC volunteer

There are four key phases in the Your Voice, Your Choice process:

Phase 1: Idea Collection

Community members brainstorm and submit potential project ideas to be funded throughout the city. Project ideas will be collected February 18 - March 18, 2020. (learn more)

Phase 2: Project Development

Teams of community members work together to evaluate and prioritize ideas, narrowing the list to 8-10 project ideas per Council District. Project Development will take place in Spring 2020. (learn more)

Phase 3: Vote

Community members vote on their top projects within their individual Council District.  Voting will take place in Summer 2020. (learn more)

Phase 4: Project Implementation 

After each City Council District selects the top vote-getting projects, City Departments will include winning projects in the following year's budget. (learn more)

Want to learn more about the Your Voice, Your Choice program? Watch the video below!