The period for Vallejo residents to have a say on how their city will spend $2.4 million began Saturday.
Hundreds cast their votes at the Vallejo waterfront on the first day of the city’s Participatory Budgeting cycle two voting period.
“The energy is a little different today,” Vallejo Administrative Analyst Will Morat said. “We wanted to make it more of a celebration, and not just about paper work.”
Saturday’s voting station was also an expo for the public to learn about the projects included on the ballot through talking to the project delegates. There was also live music, as well as food available for attendees.
Moray said more than 400 people voted Saturday, and about 1,200 people turned up for the expo. Nearly 4,000 people voted in Vallejo’s first cycle of PB.
This year, Vallejo residents can vote for up to five of the 25 project proposals, addressing issues like at-risk populations, economic development, arts and community, transportation, safety, parks and recreation, natural and historical resources, education and workforce development.
Those receiving the most votes will be considered for the proposed funding, up to $2.4 million, which was available through the 1 percent sales tax increase passed by voters in 2011.