The office of John Courage, San Antonio District 9 City Council member, is seeking project ideas from constituents as part of his participatory budget process.

Courage began the participatory budget process in early 2018 to get community input on specific issues that the city could address within District 9 outside of the typical annual/fiscal year process.

Courage’s staff temporarily halted the process the last three years due to COVID-19 and city budgetary concerns, but the program has returned.

District 9 residents within north central San Antonio are invited to visit the participatory budget website and submit a project.

According to Courage, his staff will help to assess the practicality and estimated cost of each submitted idea. Potential projects are then scored based on the outcome of an online community vote.

The District 9 office then will work to implement the final project(s), city officials said.

Projects completed using the participatory budget process include the construction of dedicated right turns for northbound and southbound motorists using Huebner Road to access Loop 1604.

The expansion of the left turn lane on Wilderness Oak Drive onto Hardy Oak Drive and the installation of animal-proof trash cans in McAllister Park both were funded as a result of the participatory budget process in District 9.