How often do the taxpayers themselves decide how to spend their tax dollars? The truth is not at all, except in the 49th Ward and a precious few other jurisdictions that have adopted Participatory Budgeting, where the taxpayers vote directly on how to spend a portion of a government budget.
Join me this week at one of the Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assemblies where you and your neighbors will begin the process of determining how to spend $1 million of the ward’s capital improvement budget for things such as new streets, alleys, sidewalks, playgrounds, bicycle routes and the like.
The next Neighborhood Assembly will be held TOMORROW, Wednesday, November 18th, at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse (southeast corner of Ashland and Morse, use Morse Avenue entrance). Pizza and refreshments, courtesy of J.B. Alberto’s Pizza, will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.
If you can’t make tomorrow night’s meeting, two other Neighborhood Assemblies will be held this week (see schedule below).You need attend only one of the meetings and you can go to any meeting in the ward.
We had three great neighborhood assemblies last week. Over half the meeting attendees volunteered to serve as “community representatives,” who will work over the next several months to turn the ideas collected for 49th Ward infrastructure projects into final ballot proposals that will be presented to the voters next spring.
Below is the schedule for the remaining Neighborhood Assemblies:
(Note: Complimentary pizza will be provided at 6:30 p.m. before all evening meetings and donuts and coffee will be provided at 9:30 a.m. before the Saturday, Nov. 21st, morning meeting.)
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m., United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse, 3rd floor
Thursday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf
Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m., Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard
Join me at one of the Neighborhood Assemblies and help make history!