If you’ve been a 49th Ward resident for a while, you know that I employ a process called “participatory budgeting”. Known as “PB49,” this process gives the residents of my ward 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.
I invite you to attend one of the upcoming PB49 Neighborhood Assemblies to learn about the proposed neighborhood improvement projects for this year and provide your feedback. The project proposals have been put together by neighborhood volunteers, who’ve been working hard the last five months researching and crafting the proposals for your consideration.
You need only go to one of the assemblies. The dates, times and locations of the assemblies are as follows:
- Tuesday, April 3rd, 7:00 p.m., United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse (at Ashland) 3rd Floor. Parking available in the parking lot of the Mision Christiana Elim Church (southwest corner of Morse and Ashland).
- Wednesday, April 4th, 7:00 p.m., Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark (just south of the Firehouse).
In addition, a Spanish language Neighborhood Assembly will be held on Thursday, April 12th, 7:00 p.m., at the St. Jerome Church Parish Center, 1706 W. Lunt.
You will have an opportunity at the upcoming PB49 Neighborhood Assemblies to hear directly from five different neighborhood committees about the projects they’re proposing for inclusion on the ballot. Each committee will give a short presentation on its project proposals, and you will be invited to offer your feedback and suggestions.
To get a look at some of the projects that are being proposed and to offer your own ideas, CLICK HERE.
The 49th Ward is the first political jurisdiction in the nation to give its residents the power to determine how to spend a portion of a governmental budget. Thousands of ward residents have voted in the first two participatory budgeting elections. The process was such a success that I pledged to make it a permanent fixture in the 49th Ward.
To get an idea of the types of projects that have been approved by the 49th Ward voters, take a look at previous election results.
For the results of the 2011 PB election, CLICK HERE.
For the results of the 2010 PB election, CLICK HERE.
I’ll provide the latest update on the status of the winning projects in an e-mail early next week.
For more information about participatory budgeting and how the process works in the 49th Ward, visit the Participatory Budgeting page on my web site:
Most importantly, make sure you attend one of the Neighborhood Assemblies and have your voice heard.
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. (across from Touhy Park).