This effort comes from the city council's Participatory Budgeting plan, where elected city officials meet with voters to get input on budget matters. Participatory Budgeting empowers the voters to guide the elected officials in spending tax dollars where the voters see fit. Community members brainstorm ideas. Delegates from each community group develop proposals around their ideas. Ideas are put to a public vote in the district. The winning ideas get funded. Each council member gets roughly 5 million dollars annually to spend in their districts (discretionary funds). These funds are either capital (infrastructure related) or expense (programs and services).