How often do the taxpayers themselves decide how to spend their tax dollars? The truth is not at all, except in the 49th Ward and a growing number of other jurisdictions that have adopted Participatory Budgeting, where the taxpayers vote directly on how to spend a portion of a government budget.
Join me at one of the Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assemblies where you and your neighbors will begin the process of determining how to spend $1 million of the ward’s capital improvement budget for things such as new streets, alleys, sidewalks, playgrounds, bicycle lanes and the like.
The next Neighborhood Assembly will be held TOMORROW (Saturday, April 28th), at the Gale Community Academy, 1631 W. Jonquil (at Ashland), coffee and donuts will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.
If you can’t make tomorrow night’s meeting, two other English language Neighborhood Assemblies and one in Spanish will be coming up next week (see schedule below). You need attend only one of the meetings and you can go to any meeting in the ward.
We had two great neighborhood assemblies last week. Forty-ninth ward residents are clearly hungering to participate in something positive after witnessing what’s taking place in Washington. Over 20 meeting attendees volunteered to serve as “community representatives,” who will work this summer to turn the ideas collected at the assemblies into final ballot proposals that will be presented to the voters this fall.
Though I urge you to attend one of the assemblies, I understand you may not be able to due to schedule conflicts, family obligations or other reasons. We still need and want your input.
If you cannot attend one of the assemblies, but have an idea for an infrastructure project to improve our neighborhood, click here. We will submit your idea to the community representatives for their consideration.
You can be involved as much or as little as your schedule permits, but get involved. Be a part of this history-making democratic process!
Below is the schedule for the remaining Neighborhood Assemblies:
UPCOMING NEIGHBORHOOD ASSEMBLIES
(Note: Complimentary pizza will be provided at 6:30 p.m. before all evening meetings and coffee and donuts will be provided at 9:30 a.m. before the Saturday, April 28th, morning meeting.)
Monday, April 30, 7 p.m., Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers
Tuesday, May 1, 7 p.m., Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf
Wednesday, May 2, 7 p.m., St. Jerome Church Parish Center, 1709 W. Lunt (Spanish language)
Join me at one of the Neighborhood Assemblies and help make history!