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25 transformative ideas for Tartu put to the popular vote

Tartu was the first local government in Estonia to introduce a participative budget in 2013

  • September 23, 2020 16:00
  • Author TheMayor.EU
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Source: Floating stage on the Emajõgi River. Photo: Tartu City

Disc golf park, floating stage, adventure trail for children, water curtain... These are just some of the 25 ideas selected to compete for support by Tartu’s Participative Budget and now put on display on Kaarsild Bridge.

In addition to this exhibition, ideas can be found on the local government’s information system Volis and at the information centre on the first floor of the Town Hall. The more inquisitive Tartu residents can visit the Lodjakoda at 5 p.m. on 29 September to meet the authors and grill them about how their ideas will change their city for the better. The event will also be broadcast live, and can be followed on the Tartu City website and Facebook page.

Registered Tartu residents above the age of 14 can then vote for up to three favourite ideas from 1 to 7 October 2020, and the two ideas which receive the most votes will be implemented next year. Voting will take place either in the local government council, the Town Hall Information Centre or on Volis. The winning ideas will be announced immediately after 6 p.m. on 7 October when voting will close.

First in Estonia

Tartu was the first local government in Estonia to introduce a participative budget in 2013 and has been organizing the competition of ideas ever since. This year, 98 ideas were submitted for consideration and after expert meetings and summer public discussions, 25 ideas were selected to be voted on by the people.

An idea for the participative budget can be an investment object with a maximum cost of EUR 100 000. The goal is to implement at least two ideas in 2021 for EUR 200 000.

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