The 06/10/2021 – 118 views
By Mathieu Hutin | Editor-in-chief
Since September 20, people aged 10 and over, and those who work there, can vote for the city’s participatory budget projects.
Voting, first open online, is, since October 4, also physical. It is thus possible to vote in delegated town halls or certain media libraries. In addition to these fixed sites, there are “bicycle-trikes” which circulate throughout the city.
Concretely, citizens can choose up to 5 projects, out of the 49 proposed. A vote is considered a point. The projects which will score the most points will be developed by the city, within the limit of the envelope of one million euros allocated to this budget.
For the launch of this voting campaign, François Astorg, the mayor of Annecy, was present at the Seynod market where a “bicycle-scooter” was installed.
The mayor attends a lot of this project: “This is a first in Annecy. The participatory budget has never existed in Annecy. We try the experiment … Physical voting, digital voting, we will continue this hybrid operation so that each person can come and vote on the vision they have of their territory. “
Appropriating one’s territory, feeling legitimate to propose projects to the city and to the voters, is for Marie Bertrand, deputy in charge of democratic renewal and citizen participation, one of the main objectives of this participatory budget. She confides: “We all know his neighborhood and this relationship with the land must be born very early on. To understand precisely what this territory is, what public space is. It belongs to all of us collectively, what do we do with it together, how can we participate in a territorial project, how are we all actors and that from an early age? This is what the participatory budget allows ”
For the mayor, François Astorg, the involvement of citizens in local politics is also an essential subject: “We have to make the citizen come back to the decision, to the orientation of his territory. It is both interesting and important for the territory. “
At the Seynod market, a few place their envelopes in the urn. This is the case of a resident of Seynod, retired, she says she is disappointed not to find anything that directly concerns her generation: “I’m a little disappointed. But then it’s good, there are good ideas for young people. ”
376 projects were proposed to the city at the beginning of 2021. And for the moment the municipality has more than 1600 voters, on the digital platform. Voting is open until October 23.