Collective Decision-Making

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What if we made our biggest decisions together? Investments in the tens of millions of dollars deserve community discussion, deliberation, and decision-making. Luke proposes a new process, where the community will decide what the city’s main investments will be.

Luke envisions a “futures congress” convened every three years, where a group of SLC residents randomly selected discuss changes in city investment priorities and ordinances. These discussions would lead to a city-wide vote where every resident would have a say in deciding the city’s budget and policy direction. A Garrott administration would then make those items--chosen by the voters--the basis for budget and policy proposals to the city council. The alternative is what we have today, where the mayor’s pet projects are able to sail through without a vote by the people, and council members dilute and sometimes distort what people want. We can do better. Democracy can be reborn in SLC.

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