What projects in the citizens' budget for 2023?

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Karolina Zdrodowska, Director of the Coordinator for Entrepreneurship and Social Dialogue
Author: R. Motyl

For the ninth time, Varsovians decided what to spend part of the money from the city budget on. A total of 326 projects have been selected for 2023. Warsaw will spend over PLN 101 million for this purpose.

Voting on the ideas submitted as part of the 9th edition of the citizens' budget lasted from 15 to 30 June. Residents could choose from 1327 proposals: 1189 district and 138 citywide. The winning projects were announced during a gala ceremony that took place on July 13, 2022 at the Palace of Culture and Science. The results were presented by the coordinators for the civic budget and the authors of projects from this year's and previous editions. 

After 9 years of operation of the civic budget, I can safely say that the projects carried out under it have become a very important part of the urban tissue. The ideas that have been and still are submitted by Varsovians are an invaluable contribution to the city's activity and very often surprise us with creativity and innovation. No one knows as well as the locals what is needed in the immediate area or community. Thank you for this willingness to act, ingenuity and commitment to changing Warsaw – said Karolina Zdrodowska, Director of the Coordinator for Entrepreneurship and Social Dialogue.

Winning projects

This year, as in last year's edition of the budget, the vast majority voted for ideas related to urban greenery. Among the most frequently chosen by residents were also ideas for bicycle infrastructure. It was also in this category that the citywide project with the highest estimated cost of implementation was placed. PLN 6 million will be allocated to the two-way bicycle task throughout Warsaw.The most expensive district project is New trees, benches and sidewalks in Praga-Południe for 1,4 mln PLN.

Among the 326 winning proposals were i.a. Replacement of equipment in Warsaw SORs and "Emergency Rooms"; Comfortable and safe pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure on the Żerański Canal; You are not alone - first psychological aid for children and youth in Żoliborz or Green bus stops in Targówek.  

Most of the projects went to implementation in the districts of Bemowo (31), Mokotów and Włochy (24 each).

The average cost of implementing a district project is PLN 232,697, while a citywide project – PLN 1,378,940.

Voting statistics

A total of 88,861 people took part in the voting. As many as 99 percent of votes were cast electronically. Almost 30% of all electronic votes were cast on the last day of voting.

People in the age ranges 25-34 and 35-44 years voted the most. As in previous years, more women (62%) voted than men (38%). 

The greatest interest in voting was recorded in Ursus, where 73 people voted for 1,000 inhabitants of the district. A similar turnout can be boasted by Białołęka (71 voters per 1000 inhabitants of the district). 

The full results of the vote are available on the website.