Tomorrow is your last chance to get in on the ground floor of the planning for the 49th Ward’s 2018 Participatory Budgeting Initiative in which 49th Ward residents vote on how to spend the ward’s $1 million infrastructure budget.
The FINAL Neighborhood Assembly takes place TOMORROW, (Saturday, July 15th) at the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland). Join us for free coffee and donuts at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.
Each year I receive over $1 million to spend on infrastructure projects in our ward. Rather than decide on my own how to spend the money, I turn that power over to the people of the 49th Ward who decide by a direct vote how the money should be spent.
You may ask yourself, didn’t we just vote in a Participatory Budgeting election?
In fact we did. This past May, 49th Ward residents turned out in record numbers to decide how to spend the ward’s 2017 “Aldermanic Menu” capital budget. For the results of that vote, click here.
Going forward, the Mayor’s Office of Budget and Management is asking all aldermen to submit their annual Aldermanic Menu requests much earlier in the year (no later than January) to ensure as many of our requests as possible get fulfilled in the same calendar year they are submitted.
To comply with the Budget office’s new timetable, the Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee (which consists of neighborhood residents who oversee the PB process) and I changed the PB49 calendar from its traditional November-May cycle to a July-October cycle. This will enable us to submit our Ward’s Aldermanic Menu requests well ahead of the budget office’s January 2018 deadline.
As a result, we are ready to embark on the Participatory Budgeting process for the 49th Ward’s 2018 Aldermanic Menu capital budget.
Let’s show the world what real democracy looks like. Join me at tomorrow’s final Neighborhood Assembly!