Participatory Budgeting – The People’s Budget!

Voting for the 40th Ward People’s Budget is November 1 through December 31, 2022. Make sure your voice is heard – vote!

What is Participatory Budgeting (PB)?

Each year, the ward is allotted $1.5 million of the City’s budget to be used for a “menu” of infrastructure maintenance, projects, and improvements. Projects that are funded by this menu money should stand the test of time (at least 5 years). Examples of permanent infrastructure improvements might include alley and street resurfacing, sidewalk repairs, park improvements, speed humps, or public art projects.

Participatory Budgeting in the 40th Ward

Our office engages in an inclusive and democratic process of Participatory Budgeting, what we call The People’s Budget. Through this process, $1 million of menu money is directed toward addressing infrastructure project proposals produced by residents and community committees, with viable projects that meet the needs of the community ultimately selected through a community vote. The remaining $500,000 is held for emergency repairs and other needs that may arise during the year.

Our vision is to build a stronger community with an equitable distribution of public resources through a democratic and participatory process. We aspire to empower people and give the community control over real money.

How the Voting Process Works

Flier features special projects that can be voted on through December 2022 for The People's Budget.Your vote in the Participatory Budget ballot in November will determine what percentage of the “Menu Money” budget will go towards repairs vs. special projects, as well as which special projects receive funding. The ballot will first ask what portion of the $1 million dollars you would like to allocate for repairs and how much to allocate towards Special Projects (submitted by neighbors in the 40th Ward). Next, you will vote on which of the Special Projects you would like to fund.

  • Voting Ends Dec 31, 2022
  • To vote, you must be a 40th Ward Resident, aged 14 and up

Special Projects on the Ballot

  • Left turn signal at Foster and Damen (on Foster)
  • Curb Extensions at Bryn Mawr & Francisco
  • Bike Repair stations in the ward for public use
  • Sidewalk repair and improvements Western (From Hollywood to Thorndale)
  • Contraflow bike lane ON Rockwell (from Leland to Carmen and Foster to Gregory)

Repair Requests

If you live in the 40th Ward and would like to request menu money be budgeted for a repair, complete the Repair Request form. Examples of repair requests include:

  • Pedestrian Safety Improvements
  • Street Resurfacing
  • Green Alley Request
  • Curb and Gutter
  • Alley Apron
  • Sidewalk
  • Street Line Painting
  • Bollards
  • Or, other request

The People’s Budget in Previous Years

In early March of 2020, our office held its first People’s Budget vote with 441 community members casting a ballot! The following projects were approved:

  • $700,000 for Street & Alley Resurfacing
  • $170,000 Public Safety Cameras
  • $120,000 Water Fountain Installations & Improvements
  • $60,000 Pedestrian Island on Western & Winnemac

You can also review previous year expenses and voting results:

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