Each year, I receive over $1.3 million from the City’s “Aldermanic Menu” program to spend at my discretion on infrastructure improvements in the ward. I dedicate $1 million of my discretionary budget to a Participatory Budgeting process, where residents of the 49th Ward propose projects for funding and the entire community votes for the project proposals they most would like to see implemented. I agree to abide by the results of that vote.
I reserve the remaining $300,000 of my budget to spend on other neighborhood infrastructure needs.
Each spring, I host a series of “Neighborhood Assemblies” where community residents gather to share their ideas on how to spend the 49th Ward’s infrastructure budget. I realize, however, that not everyone has an opportunity to attend these meetings.
So this year I am providing you an opportunity to share your infrastructure ideas here online. Just complete the form below and I’ll pass on your ideas to the Participatory Budgeting “Community Representatives” for their consideration.
Keep in mind only capital projects are eligible for funding under the Ward’s discretionary infrastructure budget. Capital projects are ones that create or improve a large City asset. Examples include street resurfacing, sidewalk repairs, street lights, playgrounds, community gardens, tree plantings, bus-stop benches, public murals and bike lanes.
Items NOT eligible for funding include hiring personnel, such as police officers, teachers and social service providers; programs and services, such as daycare, elderly care, sports activities and after school programs; purchases of small items, such as textbooks and sports equipment; and improvements to privately owned facilities or property.