Thank you for attending our proposal development community meetings this spring! 

We enjoyed connecting with community members and gathering their feedback on the prioritized ideas presented by proposal advocates from East Renton, East Federal Way, Fairwood, Skyway, and White Center. Using this feedback, the proposal advocates are now working hard to develop these ideas into formal proposals for a vote this summer. Keep an eye out for updates; we're excited to see you cast your vote on the community investments for your community  this summer!


Participatory Budgeting is currently in the Proposal Development phase.  Community members from East Federal Way, East Renton, Fairwood, Skyway/West Hill and White Center/North HIghline are currently serving as proposal advocates to turn ideas that were submitted by the public last year into proposals.  In January 2024, we held a proposal development community event at each neighborhood library where the public was invited to see the submitted ideas and learn how these ideas can become proposals to be voted on by YOU this summer!  

How Proposal Development Works: 

PD Phases


PD Timeline




King County Local Services is now in its second participatory budgeting cycle in the urban unincorporated areas of East Federal Way, East Renton, Fairwood, Skyway/West Hill, and White Center/North Highline. And we need your help!

There are various opportunities for community members to support your local participatory budgeting process. Please read the position descriptions below:

  • Ambassador – Support outreach and community engagement to help spread awareness about the participatory budgeting process, activities, and events in the community. ($25/hour for 2-3 hours/week)
  • Proposal Advocate – Work during the Proposal Development phase to research, evaluate, and prioritize the project ideas submitted by community members during the Idea Collection phase. Using research, community assessments, and consultation with King County staff members about project feasibility and cost, develop final project proposals for the participatory budgeting ballot. ($30/hour for 3-4 hours/week)
  • Event Volunteer – Staff participatory budgeting community events for two hours per event. (No compensation, receives a free volunteer t-shirt)

Volunteer Requirements: Must live, work, go to school, worship (attend church, mosque, etc.), and/or demonstrate a strong connection to the community.

Apply Today!

January - March 2023

Recruiting the 2023-2024 Participatory Budgeting Program Steering Committee Members

Applications for this cycle's Participatory Budgeting Program are open for community members to serve as Steering Committee Members. 

April 2023

Establishing the 2023-2024 Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee Members 

Steering Committee Members have been selected for this cycle's Participatory Budgeting Program and will begin working to establish a budgeting process for the five unincorporated areas. 

April - August 2023

Design Phase

Steering Committee Members from each area will work together to design the PB process and allocate funds to the five unincorporated areas.

September - November 2023

Idea Collection Phase 

Community members and organizations will begin submitting project ideas and proposals for the five unincorporated areas.

December 2023 - May 2024

Proposal Development Phase 

Community members volunteer as Proposal Advocates to build submitted ideas from the public during the Idea Collection phase into actual project proposals to go on the ballot for communities to vote and decide what projects to fund. 

June - July 2024

Community Vote! 

Community members in the five unincorporated areas vote on projects and/or programs to fund and implement with the Participatory Budgeting funds. 

August - December 2025

Funding Winning Programs and Projects 

After winning awards have been determined from the community vote, King County staff will start working with those awardees to begin contracting work for the implementation of the winning programs and projects. 


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

Gloria L. Briggs
Participatory Budgeting Program Manager