Your Voice, Your Choice!

Participatory budgeting allows you to identify, discuss, and prioritize public spending projects. Help your community decide how to spend money on capital projects (physical things that are bought, built, installed, and/or fixed up) and programs and services in your area in 2023-2024. 

King County approved funding for this program in its previous two-year (2021-2022) budget, and is spending those funds as directed by the following communities:

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 services and programs
Skyway/West Hill: $3.9 million for capital projects, $810,000 for services and programs

The Community Investment Budget Committee, made up of 21 community members, developed the process by which participatory budgeting happened in urban unincorporated King County. This is the first time that participatory budgeting has been done in King County.

Participatory budgeting has five phases: developing the rules, brainstorming ideas, developing ideas into project proposals, voting, and funding winning projects. Your participation will make all the difference!

Who can participate? Anyone at least 12 years old who lives, works, owns a business, receives services, goes to school, or worships in any of the areas above.

Where does the money come from? The funds for the capital projects will be backed by bonds. The funds for services and programs in North Highline/White Center and Skyway-West Hill come from King County's general fund and are supported by marijuana retail sales tax revenue.

PB Timeline Nov 2022

East Federal Way

How would you spend $1,900,000 in East Federal Way? Participatory budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people...

East Renton

How would you spend $301,000 in East Renton? Participatory budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real...

Fairwood

How would you spend $720,000 in Fairwood? Participatory budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives people real...

North Highline/White Center

How would you spend $3,640,000 in North Highline/White Center? Participatory budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.It...

Skyway-West Hill

How would you spend $4,710,000 in Skyway/West Hill? Participatory budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It gives...

Apply to serve on the 2023-2024 Steering Committee

Please use the link below to apply to serve on King County's urban unincorporated Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee in 2023-2024. It will take you to the application, which is a Google Form. If you are using Google Chrome as your browser, you can use Chrome to translate the form into your preferred language.

Go to the application form

In Google Chrome, if auto translate is not already visible, do the following:

  • Right click on the form
  • Select “translate to…” and then choose your target language. If you don't see “translate to...” then do the following:
  • Select “translate to English”
  • Another pop-up will appear in the upper right area
  • Select the three vertical dots and choose a language you prefer


If you have comments or questions about participatory budgeting, community meetings, need assistance, or the Community Investment Budget Committee, please contact:

Gloria L. Briggs
Participatory Budgeting Program Manager
Email: [email protected] 
Office phone: 206-263-8521

PROJECT TIMELINE

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January

  • Community information sessions
  • Recruit participants
    • Start collecting ideas from community members

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February

  • Continue collecting ideas from community members

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March - June

  • Select ideas for project development 
  • Develop ideas into project proposals for the ballot

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June - August

  • Community information sessions about the project proposals on the ballot
  • THE BIG PB VOTE 8/2 -8/10
    • Funding awards announced - PB Celebration Wed 8/17

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PB Celebration - Funding Announcement