Residents of Chicago’s 49th Ward in Rogers Park will have the opportunity to discuss spending options for the 2011 Participatory Budget.
According to a 49th ward blog, the Participatory Budget Leadership Committee will host an assembly at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse Ave. The committee will hold another assembly 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pottawattomie Park Fieldhouse, 7340 N. Rogers Ave.
An additional Spanish language assembly will be held at 7 p.m. April 6 a at St. Jerome Church Parish Center, 1706 W. Lunt Ave.
The participatory budget assemblies will give community members the opportunity to hear suggestions for ways to spend 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore’s $1.3 million discretionary funds, which are received annually by each Chicago alderman for infrastructure improvements in their wards.
There will be 23 projects under consideration, organized into categories such as arts, public safety and transportation. Proposed projects include underpass renovation, a new playground and new police cameras.
The winning projects from last year’s participatory budget included sidewalk repairs, new bike lanes and underpass murals.
Elections on the participatory budget will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 7 at the Chicago Math and Science Academy located at 7212 N. Clark St.
According to the 49th Ward website, 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. Over 1,600 ward residents voted in last year’s participatory budgeting election. The process was such a success that I [Moore] pledged to make it a permanent fixture in the 49th Ward.”
– Stanislav Golovchuk
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