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Participatory Budgeting

District 2, It's Time for You to Decide

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which a community decides how to spend a portion of their government's budget. The City of Tacoma has set aside $1,000,000 for your district.


Over 2,000 ideas were submitted by you and your neighbors in Tacoma's Council District 2 (Downtown, Dome District, Stadium District, Northeast Tacoma, and North Tacoma). The three most popular ideas were turned into proposals for this ballot.


Vote Now


Community members can decide between these three proposed projects. 

  • Upgrade accommodations at the City of Tacoma’s emergency shelter stability site on Puyallup Ave. with two shower/bathroom units, added access to electricity, ADA accessibility, and more. 
  •  Design and build a covered skate park featuring public art in Downtown Tacoma, in a location under I-705.  
  •  Fund youth programming for the new dedicated teen area, the community hub, and the Makerspace at Tacoma Public Library’s Main location. 

Please vote by September 20, 2024, to select one proposal to be funded $1,000,000.


What is Participatory Budgeting?

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process where:    

  • Community leaders develop a scoped process with the City to help their fellow community members develop ideas.    
  • Community leaders turn ideas into proposals.    
  • Community members vote to select one or more of those proposals.    
  • The City will fund and implement the proposal(s) voted on.  

How much funding does this project have?  

The City Council approved $5,000,000 in funds for Participatory Budgeting in Tacoma.  Each district has $1,000,000 for their Participatory Budgeting project. 

What Participatory Budgeting ideas have been funded?

 Each district has $1,000,000 for the Participatory Budgeting project.


The first PB effort launched in District 4 in September of 2022. In the summer of 2023, 12,389 community members voted to fund youth and cultural programming.


The City’s PB process in District 2 started in the fall of 2023 and voting opened July 11, 2024.


District 3 will embark on its own PB process in fall of 2024.


How to Get Involved

Interested in learning more about Participatory Budgeting, or even joining the Community Leadership Team? Reach out to our team!