In its July 11th cover story, Time included Participatory Budgeting as one of the “240 reasons to celebrate America right now.” Coming in at No. 83, and under the heading, “People Powered Budgets,” Time writes:
“We dutifully pay taxes, but we rarely get a say in how the money is spent. That’s beginning to change, thanks to a concept called participatory budgeting, which lets residents vote on local funding proposals created by their neighbors. Since 2009, which Chicago alderman Joe Moore set aside $1.3 million for his constituents to direct, the idea has spread to pockets across the country. As a result, thousands of people in places like New York City, Vallejo, Calif., and Cambridge, Mass, have had a hand in how their schools, neighborhoods and parks get much needed dollars.”
I’ve said this repeatedly: Participatory budgeting could not have achieved its success without the hard work of scores of dedicated volunteers who believe in “people powered democracy” and are willing to put their beliefs into action. My sincere thanks to the PB49 Leadership Committee members and Community Representatives. And many thanks to the thousands of 49th Ward residents who come out to vote each spring to decide how to spend some of their hard-earned tax dollars.
Do you want to get more involved in PB49? Simply reply to this email and we’ll sign you up!
The next round of our PB49 process starts in the fall. Watch your email in-box for the announcement of this fall’s neighborhood assembly schedule.
In the meantime, feel proud that you live in such a forward-thinking community!