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Voting on Tartu’s participative budget began today

Tartu City Government Press Release

Kaasava eelarve näitus kaarsillal Foto: Mana Kaasik

1 October / Voting on Tartu’s participative budget will take place from 1–7 October, when the people of Tartu will be able to choose between 25 proposals submitted by their fellow city residents. The two winning ideas will be implemented next year.

Tartu Mayor Urmas Klaas invites all Tartu residents to actively take part in the vote on the participative budget. ‘I look forward to active participation because the selection includes 25 excellent ideas, each of which would make the urban environment better. The two winning ideas will be implemented next year, but at the same time the whole list of ideas is also a good source of information for us when planning further work,’ the mayor noted.

The referendum will be taking place both electronically (www.tartu.ee/en/participativebudgeting) and in the Town Hall Information Centre. The Information Centre will be open on all voting days from 10.00 to 18.00, with electronic voting taking place around the clock. Voting ends both electronically and at the Information Centre at 18.00 on 7 October, with the results to be announced immediately.

Anyone who is at least 14 years of age, whose place of residence is in the City of Tartu, according to the population register, can vote. For the first time, on the proposal of the Tartu Youth Council, young people aged 14-17, whose place of residence is not registered as being in Tartu, but who are studying at a Tartu general education school or vocational education institution, can also vote.

Electronic voting requires an ID-Card, Mobile-ID or Smart-ID. To vote in the information centre, an identity document must be presented.

Each voter can vote for up to three ideas. There are a total of 25 ideas submitted by fellow city residents. The two ideas receiving the most votes will be implemented next year. The cost of both ideas is up to EUR 100,000.

Participative budget ideas are available for viewing on Tartu’s website www.tartu.ee/en/participativebudgeting, at an exhibition set up on Kaarsild Bridge, or at the Town Hall Information Centre.

Tartu has been organizing a participative budget since 2013. So far, twelve ideas have been implemented with the support of the participative budget, and two more are being developed.

More information: www.tartu.ee/en/participativebudgeting

Last changed 01.10.2021