Want to help spend $3.6 million? Take the first step Wednesday

People in White Center and other urban areas of unincorporated King County will get the chance this year to be part of decisions on how to spend millions of dollars. An online info event Wednesday night (January 19th) is the first step toward getting involved. Here’s what it’s all about:

Participatory budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.

It gives people real power to make real decisions over real money.

If you are over the age of 12 and live, work, or play in any of the following five urban unincorporated areas of King County, we invite you to participate in this process.

East Federal Way: $1.96 million for capital projects
East Renton: $301,000 for capital projects
Fairwood: $720,000 for capital projects
North Highline/White Center: $3.1 million for capital projects, $540,000 for programs and services
Skyway-West Hill: $3.9 million for capital projects, $810,000 for programs and services

King County’s Community Investment Budget Committee of 21 community members is working to design and carry out a budgeting process centered on racial equity and community voices. The process will build on community strengths and address specific priorities for each community, as identified by the Committee members. The Committee is also designing the larger participatory budgeting process to make sure that each community has control over how this money is spent and that funded projects address real community challenges.

Wednesday’s info meeting starts at 6 pm. This webpage has information on how to participate.

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