I just returned from New York City’s first-ever Participatory Budgeting Election and I’m eager to share my experiences with you, as well as reveal what’s on the ballot in the 49th Ward’s “PB” election.
Join me TONIGHT (Tuesday, March 29th), 7:00 p.m., at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse (at Ashland), 3rd Floor. Free parking is available across the street at the southwest corner of Ashland and Morse.
The meeting tonight is the latest step in my “Participatory Budgeting” process that gives 49th Ward residents the power to decide directly how to spend the Ward’s $1.3 million “menu money”–discretionary funds received annually by each Chicago alderman for infrastructure improvements in their wards.
You will hear directly from five volunteer committees about projects they’re proposing to be placed on the election ballot on Saturday, April 28th. You’ll then have an opportunity to offer your feedback and suggestions on the proposed ideas.
If you’re not able to make tonight’s meeting, an identical Neighborhood Assembly will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, April 4th, 7:00 p.m., at Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark (just south of the Firehouse). And a Neighborhood Assembly in Spanish will be held on Thursday, April 12th, at St. Jerome Church Parish Center, 1706 W. Lunt.
To get a sneak preview at the projects being proposed, CLICK HERE.
For an update on the projects approved in our 2010 and 2011 PB elections, CLICK HERE.
For more information about participatory budgeting and how the process works in the 49th Ward, visit the Participatory Budgeting page on my web site:
I look forward to hearing your input tonight or at one of the other Neighborhood Assemblies.
P.S. Mark your calendar for the upcoming 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Election Day. Vote for your favorite 49th Ward infrastructure projects at the Voting Assembly, Saturday, April 28th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark St. (just south of the firehouse).