For the last three months, your neighbors have been busy coming up with proposals for neighborhood improvement projects, ideas that you will get to vote on later this month in the 49th Ward’s “Participatory Budgeting” election. Find out tonight exactly what those proposals are.
Join me for the PB49 Project Expo TONIGHT (Wednesday, April 3rd), 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 processthat 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, May 4th. 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 Project Expo will be held tomorrow (Thursday, April 4th), 7:00 p.m., at the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers (just west of the Metra tracks). And a Project Expo in Spanish will be held on Wednesday, April 10th, 7:00 p.m., at the St. Jerome Church Parish Center, 1706 W. Lunt.
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 Project Expos.
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, May 4th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at theChicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark (just south of the firehouse).