Community to vote for PBGR projects to improve the city Sept 30–Oct 5

Published on September 20, 2022

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PBGR Vote Week is nearly here!

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – It’s nearly here. Voting week for the projects recommended by the public and finalized by the Participatory Budgeting Grand Rapids (PBGR) Steering Committee takes place September 30 through October 5. Beginning September 30, residents can vote for the final projects recommended specifically for each of Grand Rapids’ three wards online at PBGR.org.

People, at least 13 years of age and older, will be eligible to vote for projects proposed in the ward in which they reside. Additional information about how to vote and the projects to be voted upon will be released later this week.

In-person voting will take place at all Grand Rapids Public Library locations. PBGR representatives will be present to help people access tablets to vote electronically. Dates and times for in-person voting at the Public Library are as follows:

On-Site Schedule: September 30 - October 5

Library Location

Main Library

Madison Square Branch

Ottawa Hills Branch

Seymour Branch

Van Belkum Branch

West Leonard Branch

West Side Branch

Yankee Clipper Branch

Friday 9/30

9:45am-5:45pm

10:15am-5:45pm

10:15am-5:45pm

CLOSED

10:15am-5:45pm

CLOSED

10:15am-5:45pm

CLOSED

Saturday 10/1

9:45am-5:45pm

10:15am-5:45pm

10:15am-5:45pm

10:15am-5:45pm

10:15am-5:45pm

10:15am-5:45pm

10:15am-5:45pm

10:15am-5:45pm

Sunday 10/2

1:15-4:45pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

CLOSED

Monday 10/3

9:45am-1pm

4pm-8:15pm

CLOSED

CLOSED

12:15-7:45pm

CLOSED

12:15- 7:45pm

CLOSED

12:15-7:45pm

Tuesday 10/4

9:45am-1pm

4pm-8:15pm

10:15am-5:45pm

10:15am-5:45pm

12:15-7:45pm

10:15am-5:45pm

12:15- 7:45pm

10:15am-5:45pm

12:15-7:45pm

Wednesday 10/5

9:45am-1pm

4pm-8:15pm

10:15am-5:45pm

12:15-7:45pm

10:15am-5:45pm

12:15-7:45pm

10:15am-5:45pm

10:15am-5:45pm

10:15am-5:45pm

 

In-person voting will also take place during a series of PBGR pop-up voting events created and curated by local creatives from Grand Rapids. These events will have DJs, performances, live art, and more. PBGR representatives will be present to help people access tablets to vote electronically as well. Dates and times for in-person voting along with enjoyment of the creative experience are as follows:

 

PBGR Pop Up Voting Events Schedule:

Date

Name of Event

Location

Time

Saturday 10/1

PBGR Art Walk

Oakes Street and Division Street

12 - 6pm

Monday 10/3

PBGR Pull Up & Vote!

Roosevelt Park

4 - 7pm

Tuesday 10/4

PBGR Pull Up & Vote!

Artist Mural Wall along Lafayette Avenue and Quimby Street

4 - 7pm

Wednesday 10/5

PBGR Pull Up & Vote!

Joe Taylor Park

4 - 7pm

 

PBGR reports that nearly 600 ideas were submitted by residents living in all three City wards. Following the June 30 project idea submittal deadline, “budget delegates" from the community ranked ideas, with support from City staff and departments, and then developed the ideas into feasible proposals. Those ideas to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods were whittled down to the top ranked proposals per ward for a public vote. The vote will which projects will be forwarded to the City Commission for funding approval.

The City of Grand Rapids has reserved $2 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to fund community projects across all three Grand Rapids City wards. The City Commission decided to distribute funds through graduated dispersal of $2 million across the City’s three wards. This allows for investment based in part on the distribution of demographic and economic factors in each ward. The division of funds helps to address historical disparities across the wards. The graduated ward distribution of funds includes:

      •    First Ward - $600,000

      •    Second Ward -$400,000

      •    Third Ward - $1,000,000

The PBGR Steering Committee includes: (First Ward) Mallory Patterson, Michael Scholten; (Second Ward) Doug Booth, Lisa Knight, Cailin Kelly; (Third Ward) Kristian Grant, LaKiya Thompson-Jenkins and Pastor Kenneth Hoskins.

The City of Grand Rapids’ participatory budgeting initiative is a democratic process that allows residents the opportunity to help determine how public funds are spent. To learn more about the project, voting week, the steering committee, or sign up for the newsletter, please visit www.PBGR.org, instagram.com/PBGrandRapids,  facebook.com/PBGrandRapids and twitter.com/PBGrandRapids.

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