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Niagara Falls: Community Development extends participatory budgeting vote

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Thu, Aug 30th 2018 02:25 pm
Deadline extended to Sept. 14, more voting opportunities added
Niagara Falls Community Development has extended the voting period for participatory budgeting (PB) 360 to Friday, Sept. 14. Niagara Falls Community Development has allocated $360,000 in its federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for public space improvements in three neighborhoods of Niagara Falls: north end, middle Pine and south end. Each neighborhood will receive $120,000 of public space improvements based on how residents vote for the proposed projects.
"We know that residents are the neighborhood experts," said Seth Piccirillo, director of Community Development. "This process gives direct control to those experts: the people that live, work and play in these neighborhoods, everyday."
All city residents are eligible to vote and may select up to three projects total on their ballot. The project with the most votes in each neighborhood will be funded first. Additional projects in each neighborhood will be funded until each neighborhood receives $120,000 worth of public investment.
Additional voting opportunities will be held at the following events:
•Wednesday, Sept. 5, 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Orleans-Niagara BOCES Workforce Training Center (Corner of Walnut Avenue and Sixth Street)
•Thursday, Sept. 6, 6-8 p.m. at Center Court Park ("Family Movie Night" with "Sherlock Gnomes")
•Friday, Sept. 14, 5-8 p.m. at John Duke Center (Color Your City 5K Run/Walk)
Residents may also vote in person at Niagara Falls Community Development offices during normal business hours until Sept. 14. The Carnegie Building (1022 Main St.) is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays.
An announcement event open to the public will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Carnegie Building to declare the winning projects and provide resident input in how the projects are designed and moved forward.
More information about PB 360 and the proposed projects can be found online at nf-cd.org/pb360.

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