Hundreds of Missoula residents will take part in the city's first-ever "budget game" Tuesday at The University of Montana.
The budget game is meant to encourage public participation in shaping Missoula's 2015 fiscal year budget.
Participants decide how to spend-- or save-- an amount of fake money using a list of city-wide enhancements and reductions.
Councilwoman Caitlin Copple said similar budget games are used all over the U.S. to help city leaders gain fresh perspectives from members of the public.
"I'm really excited to get a group of engaged citizens together and see what innovative ideas they might have that could help us improve the way we conduct business in the city," Copple said.
Copple said 200 people have signed up for the budget game.
It starts at 6 p.m. in the University Ballroom on UM's campus.