The next round of participatory budgeting is about to begin! This is when you and your neighbors decide how to spend over $1 million in improvements for the 49th Ward.
Each year, I receive over $1 million under the “Aldermanic Menu” program to spend at my discretion on infrastructure improvements in the ward. Three years ago, I implemented a “participatory budgeting” process in which the residents of my ward decide directly through popular vote how those tax dollars are spent.
The process for determining how to spend the 2013 budget begins this month. Over the next four weeks, I will be hosting seven “Neighborhood Assemblies” (six in English and one in Spanish) throughout the 49th Ward.
The first assembly takes place this coming Monday, October 8th, 7 p.m. (complimentary pizza served at 6:30 p.m.) at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf, 2nd floor.
FOR A COMPLETE SCHEDULE OF ALL UPCOMING NEIGHBORHOOD ASSEMBLIES, CLICK HERE or scroll to the bottom of this email.
Attend one of these meetings and learn how the process works and give your input on the types of projects you believe should be funded in the 49th Ward. The meetings will be identical in content, so you need attend only one of the meetings.
Pick the day and location that is most convenient for you and bring your appetite. Pizza and refreshments courtesy of JB Alberto’s Pizza will be served at all Neighborhood Assemblies.
Even if you know how participatory budgeting works, you should attend a Neighborhood Assembly. We’ve made some changes in the process and the Neighborhood Assemblies are where the project ideas for next year are first devised. It’s also when we ask for volunteers to serve as “community representatives,” who will be charged with developing project proposals for the ward-wide vote next spring.
This year, we are expanding participatory budgeting to the portion of Rogers Park that currently resides in the 40th Ward, but will soon become part of the 49th Ward under the new ward map. The official transition to the new ward boundaries should take place soon and I want my new constituents to become active in the participatory budgeting process.
To view a copy of the new ward map, CLICK HERE or scroll to the bottom of this email.
If you would like more information on participatory budgeting in the 49th Ward, including the participatory budgeting election results and updates on the implementation of the winning projects, visit the Participatory Budgeting page of my web site:
The 49th Ward is the first political jurisdiction in the nation to adopt a participatory budgeting approach to public spending, and it’s been so well-received that I have pledged to make it a permanent fixture in the ward. Word of our success has spread. This year, three other Chicago aldermen have pledged to use participatory budgeting to decide how to spend their aldermanic menu money and other cities in the U.S., including New York City and Vallejo, California, are emulating our model.
Be a part of history. Join us at one of the Neighborhood Assemblies!
(Note: Complimentary pizza will be provided at 6:30 p.m. before all meetings. The meetings will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.)
Monday, Oct. 8, Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf, 2nd Floor
Wednesday, Oct. 10, Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers
Tuesday, Oct. 23, Paschen Park Fieldhouse, 1932 W. Lunt
Wednesday, Oct. 24, Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard
Thursday, Oct. 25, St. Ignatius Church Holy Name Room, 6559 N. Glenwood
Monday, Oct. 29, United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse, 3rd Floor
Tuesday, Oct. 30, St. Jerome Church Parish Center, 1709 W. Lunt (Spanish language)
Below is a copy of the new 49th Ward map (courtesy of community activist, Kyle Hillman). The red lines represent the current boundaries. The shaded peach area with the green border represents the new boundaries.