Shaping Chomutov Together

In our opinion, the participatory budget is the best way to materialize civic activity. It brings tangible results that will be visible for years.

Ing. Tereza Rödlingová

Shaping Chomutov Together

v číslech

48 739

Chomutov population

28

proposed projects

5 000 000 Kč 

participatory budget

POUŽITÁ ŘEŠENÍ:

Participatory budget in Chomutov

Chomutov, as a small town in the north-west of the country, faces challenges such as population outflow, as its citizens feel detached and overlooked by their town. To prevent these challenges in future the town has found a simple solution in the form of a participatory budget permitting inhabitants to take part in shaping their town and investment allocation. At the same time they gain an insight into how their municipal council works and establish closer contact with its representatives.

D21 and Chomutov

Cooperation began towards the end of 2016, when town representatives met with experts from D21, organizing a conference. The town promised the involvement of its inhabitants in discussions at public meetings and the activation of their friends.

As the participatory budget also presents a certain risk for the town’s reputation, Chomutov did not want to leave anything to chance. The town was aware of the role of communication activities, which is why the town hall made use of the advisory service of the D21 consultants for communicating with, and addressing inhabitants, which guaranteed  success and a friendly atmosphere in the first participatory budget project year.

Successful first year

The total allocated participatory budget was CZK 5,000,000. The vote was taken at end of May and beginning of June 2017 and was attended by 2,082 voters. This is a really high level of participation in comparison to some much larger towns or cities.

The participatory budget project mainly appealed to the younger generation. 47% of the voters came from the 19-35 age category. This shows that young people are not indifferent to the fate of their town.

Cooperation with D21 and the high engagement of the council staff assured extensive public participation at the public meetings in the course of the deliberation stage where citizens could present and defend their own projects.

These were the most successful projects:


What is even more important, though, is that the town managed to successfully engage its citizens in public affairs, to materialize their ideas and to win the trust of the town’s population.

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