I invite you to attend one of the upcoming Participatory Budgeting PROJECT EXPOS to learn about the proposed neighborhood improvement projects for 2016 and provide your feedback. The project proposals have been put together by neighborhood volunteers (our PB49 Community Reps), who’ve been working hard the last five months researching and crafting the proposals for your consideration.
This is an important step in the Participatory Budgeting process, which gives the residents of my ward the power to decide directly how to spend $1 million of the Ward’s “menu money,” discretionary funds received annually by each Chicago alderman for infrastructure improvements in their wards.
You need only go to one of the Expos. The dates, times and locations of the Expos are as follows:
- Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m., Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark.
- Tuesday, March 22, 7 p.m., Sullivan High School, 6631 N. Bosworth (betweetn Albion and North Shore).
- In addition, a Spanish Language Project Expo will be held Monday, March 21, 7 p.m., Pottawattomie Park, 7340 North Rogers Avenue west of Clark Street.
You will have an opportunity at the upcoming PB49 PROJECT EXPOS 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 afterwards on each table.
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 six participatory budgeting elections. The process was such a success that I have made it a permanent fixture in the 49th Ward.
The 49th Ward’s participatory budgeting model has been adopted in other Chicago wards and a new Participatory Budgeting staff position has been created within Mayor Emanuel’s Office of Budget and Management to assist aldermen in implementing PB in their wards. Several U.S. cities also have adopted the 49th Ward PB model, including New York, Boston, St. Louis, San Francisco and Vallejo California.
View my website for the results of the 2010-2015 PB elections.
For more information about participatory budgeting and how the process works in the 49th Ward, visit the Participatory Budgeting page on my web site.
Also, “like” the Participatory Budgeting page on Facebook for more updates and photos.
Most importantly, attend one of the PB49 PROJECT EXPOS and make 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 30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark St. Early voting will take place beginning Saturday, April 16, at sites throughout the 49th Ward.