Nova Scotia

Downtown Halifax chooses 10 projects to fund with $92K

Residents in downtown Halifax have voted to fully fund 10 projects and partially fund four others with $92,000 of capital funding in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Councillor Waye Mason wanted constituents to decide where to spend capital funds

Residents in downtown Halifax have voted to fully fund 10 projects and partially fund four others with $92,000 of capital funding in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

All 16 councillors in the Halifax Regional Municipality are allotted some money to spend on small projects in their district. This year they each have $92,000.

Waye Mason, the councillor for District 7, said until now, councillors have always decided how district capital funds are spent. He asked his constituents what community projects they wanted to see funded.

More than 120 residents showed up at a meeting on Wednesday night to learn about the different projects and decide which ones to sponsor. Each resident was provided a ballot and allowed to vote on five projects.

Residents voted to provide full funding to:

  • Downtown Halifax Business Commission: $20,000 for benches on Barrington Street.
  • Veith House: $5,000 for the Veith House Explosion Memorial Garden Clean-Up.
  • Spencer Park: $30,000 for the Spencer Park St. Mary's Active Living Initiative.
  • Dalhousie University Student Union: $3,089.62 for bike repair stands.
  • Halifax Regional Search and Rescue Team: $3,000 towards a replacement vehicle.
  • Spencer House Today Cafe: $5,000 for the Back to the Garden Backyard Patio project.

There was a four-way tie and the remaining money was divided equally, with $6250 each to the:

  • Independent Living Nova Scotia for MapAbility.ca.
  • Argyle Street Animation Project.
  • Server upgrade for Chebucto Community Net.
  • Spring Garden Area Business Association for its Light up the Side Streets project.

Mason said he was proud to see two groups outside his district — Halifax Regional Search and Rescue and Veith House — get support.

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