I am excited to announce the kickoff of the third cycle of Participatory Budgeting (PB) in the 39th Ward!
PB is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of the public budget, also known as the “menu”. “Menu money” is ward-specific money that aldermen allocate to specific needs across the ward. I am setting $500,000 aside from the menu for PB again this year. Check out projects from the last two years of PB here: 39th Ward PB.
PB in the 39th Ward is a three-step process:
Idea Collection - Residents submit infrastructure project ideas that they would like to be funded from the 39th Ward's Infrastructure Improvement Funds.
Review of Infrastructure Project Ideas - The PB Committee reviews infrastructure project ideas and determines what projects will be on the community ballot.
Community Vote - 39th Ward Residents, age 14 years and older, vote on the community ballot. The infrastructure projects that receive the most votes, which add up to $500,000, will be funded.
We have partnered with PB Chicago to develop a new online forum to collect ideas, share information, and vote! This page makes it easier to submit ideas and projects for the ballot. You will need to sign up for an account to access the platform. You can sign up and submit an idea here: PB 39. Idea collection runs through November 18th!
The PB Committee is vital to PB process. Sign up to join the PB Committee here: Join the Committee. You can find the dates for the PB Committee meetings here: PB Committee Dates.
The last two cycles of PB have been a great success and I am looking forward to another great year. Please call my office at 773.736.5594 or email Ward39@cityofchicago.org if you have any questions.
Very truly yours,
Alderman Samantha Nugent