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Gathering of ideas for the participative budget has begun

Tartu City Government Press Release

Paricipatory budgeting

10 April / From 10–30 April 2019, the Tartu City Government is awaiting ideas from city residents on how to use EUR 200,000 in the City’s 2020 budget. The maximum upper limit for one idea is EUR 100,000.

Ideas can be submitted to the address www.tartu.ee/kaasaveelarve. The object of the participative budget may be an investment that is associated with the City of Tartu and has a maximum cost of EUR 100,000. An investment that is implemented using funds from the participative budget must offer public good, be in public use and may not create unreasonable costs for the city’s budget in subsequent years. At least two of the ideas that receive the most votes during the public referendum will be implemented in 2020.

Following the receipt of ideas, their feasibility monetarily, technically and in terms of time will be assessed by experts from their respective fields. Internal discussions over ideas will take place with the participation of experts and the authors of the ideas, where it will also become clear which ideas will reach the final vote in October. Throughout the entire participative budget process the participation of authors of ideas, in order to help introduce their ideas, is awaited.

Tartu held its first participative budget in 2013, and is organising it for the seventh time this year.

So far, seven ideas have been implemented via the participative budget: The acquisition of presentation equipment for the Cultural Quarter located along Lai Street, the lowering of kerbs at crossings, construction along the banks of Emajõgi River in the area between the Kaarsild and Võidu bridges, preparation of the draft project for Arena Tartu, the reconstruction of the historic stables at Raadi, the creation of a pocket park at the Aparaaditehas, and the construction of walking trails along the banks of the Emajõgi River and in the Tähtvere Arboretum.

Three ideas are being worked on this year: a school yard promoting movement at the Mart Reiniku School, the organisation of the Kesklinna School’s calm traffic area, and the renovation of the Annellinn athletic field.

Last changed 10.04.2019