Participatory Budgeting – The People’s Budget!

Thank you to everyone who submitted project suggestions and to our PB Committee volunteers. PB voting for 2021 run from November 30-December 21.

To help decide how to spend $1 million in menu funds, you must first register to vote. Go to today!

What is PB? Every year, each Chicago ward receives $1.3 million in “menu money” for ward infrastructure improvements. Alderman Andre Vasquez’s 40th Ward office uses a democratic, community process called participatory budgeting (PB) that allows community members to determine how $1 million of menu money is allocated. Infrastructure improvements include alley & street resurfacing, sidewalk repairs, park improvements, speed humps, public art, and more. (The remaining $300,000 is held for emergency repairs and other needs that arise during the year.)

In early March 2020, our office held its first PB vote with 441 people casting a ballot. The following projects have been approved:

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

Please use the following links for information on previous PB expenses and voting results.

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