GREENSBORO, N.C.-- For the next few weeks, if you live in Greensboro, you get to decide how $500,000 is spread out in your community.

It’s all thanks to Participatory Budgeting (PB). Greensboro is ahead of the pack being the first southern city to implement this.

You may not have heard about it, but its money set aside from the yearly budget to help improve the area and the quality of life for Greensboro residents. Each of the five districts gets $100,000 worth of public funds. This will be the second time these funds have been available for use.

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Residents age 14 and older get to decide how that money is spent. Earlier this year, residents submitted about 350 ideas for projects they wanted funded. PB Budget Delegates narrowed down the choices to 41 proposals that included things like, sidewalks, solar charging stations for mobile devices, and bus shelters.

Voting begins October 23rd and runs through November 18th. Voting locations, dates, and times are listed below.

  • October 23, 2:30-5:30 pm, Hemphill Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Rd.
  • October 25, 6:30-8:30 pm, Glenwood Recreation Center, 2010 Coliseum Blvd.
  • October 26, 5:30-8:30 pm, Leonard Recreation Center, 6324 Ballinger Rd.
  • October 28, 9-11 am, Lewis Recreation Center, 3110 Forest Lawn Dr.
  • November 1, 6:30-8:30 pm, Windsor Recreation Center, 1601 E. Gate City Blvd.
  • November 2, 5:30-8:30 pm, Lindley Recreation Center, 2907 Springwood Dr.
  • November 4, 9-11 am, McGirt-Horton Library, 2501 Phillips Ave.
  • November 9, 5:30-8:30 pm, Benjamin Library, 1530 Benjamin Pkwy.
  • November 15, 6:30-8:30 pm, Glenwood Recreation Center, 2010 Coliseum Blvd.
  • November 17, 5:30-8:30 pm, Central Library, 219 N. Church St.

You can vote at any location but only vote for projects in your district. To see what you projects you have the opportunity to bring to life, we have linked a sample ballot for each district.

To see what district you live in click here.

To vote, you will need to show proof of residency like a government issued ID, utility bill, letter from a homeless shelter, or a school ID.

Some notable projects to come out of PB Cycle One include the Bus Tracking Mobile App, the mural on the Bellemeade St. parking Deck, and the crosswalk Spring Garden & Howard.

If you have an idea you’d like to be considered for next year, you will have to wait until the spring of 2018. Keep checking back here for more information on this year’s results and when you can make your voice heard next year.