As you may recall, I am using participatory budgeting to allocate $1 million of the $1.3 million in 2013 neighborhood capital improvement fund budget, commonly referred to as the Aldermanic Menu Funds. The participatory budgeting process gives you the chance to have a major impact, at all stages, in what projects get built in our community.
Last fall, I hosted six project brainstorming session where hundreds of you came and offered your ideas on what projects would improve our community. Dozens of volunteers from the community have researched those suggestions.
Last week, I hosted three project expos so you could learn about the proposed projects. Since then, the volunteer committees refined their proposals, and you will get to vote on what proposals receive funding. The ballot is almost finalized.
My office will host early voting Monday, April 29, through Friday, May 3, from 8 am to 6 pm, at 4754 N. Milwaukee. Residence also will be able to vote Saturday, May 4, from 10 am to 3 pm, and Sunday, May 5, from noon to 4 pm, at the Ward Office.
All residents who live within the old or new ward boundaries and are 16 or older will get to vote for six projects. In addition, residents will be able to vote on what percentage of the $1 million is used for street repaving and sidewalk replacement.
This is your chance to determine how we spend your tax dollars. You have the power in this process. I hope you’ll make it to a project expo and vote later this spring.