After nearly a month of collecting community feedback, city officials now have a better idea of how Denverites would want to see nearly $700 million invested into the city.
Denver is slated to receive $308 million in federal relief money (getting half this summer, half next year). Mayor Michael Hancock has also proposed a $400 million bond package that City Council will have to approve before it goes to voters in November. Late last week, the city finance department shared with lawmakers the findings of a major public input initiative that ran from May 19 to June 9 and garnered around 10,000 responses.
The city wanted feedback on how to inject the money into three main categories: community, business, and transportation/infrastructure. Here are the highlights:
- For “community,” respondents listed support for people experiencing homelessness as their top priority. They also suggested more farmers markets and community gardens to address accessibility to nutritious food.
- In “business,” respondents listed a lack of job opportunities and workforce development as their biggest concerns.
- For “transportation/infrastructure,” respondents said safe, accessible streets and sidewalks mattered most. Additionally, 90% of respondents said the money should go toward improving existing infrastructure instead of building something new.
Missed your chance to speak up? Don’t worry, officials say there will likely be more community outreach over the summer.
[CO Politics; Denverite]
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