About this process
Participatory Budgeting in the 30th Ward allows residents to allocate $500,000 from "menu funds" for infrastructure improvements.
The 30th Ward is one of eleven wards engaging in the Participatory Budgeting (PB) process. PB is a democratic process in which ward residents decide how to spend a portion of the public budget known as “menu money." These funds are normally used by Alderpeople for specific needs, but with PB, these funds can now be allocated to specific needs or projects across the ward by residents.
Participatory Budgeting in the 30th Ward is a three step process:
- Idea Collection & Community Representatives - Residents submit specific infrastructure improvements ideas and locations that they would like to see funded. They also vote on what percentage of the $1,000,000 will go toward street and alley repaving. Additionally, a PB Committee is created comprised of residents from across the ward. This committee helps ensure that the ideas that end up being voted on are equitable and fair, helping to fund improvements across the ward.
- Review of Infrastructure Project Ideas - The PB Committee reviews submitted infrastructure project ideas and determines which ideas are feasible, affordable, and can be accomplished within a reasonable amount of time. Ultimately, they certify the items that will be on the community ballot when voting occurs.
- Community Vote - 30th 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.
After 3 town halls across the 30th ward, where residents voted on 10 categories. The 5 most popular categories are underlined below:
- Police Cameras
- Street Lights
- Bike Safety
- Beautification (Tie)
- Tree Plantings (Tie)
- Sidewalk Repaving
- Crosswalks / Pedestrian Safety
- Traffic Lights and Signs
- * These two categories have their own operating budgets and procedures. As such, not all projects submitted may be possible.
After several months of idea collection and voting, residents voted for 50% of the funds to be allocated toward street and alley repaving. As such, voting this year will consist of as many ideas related to the winning categories as possible up to $500,000. The top winning projects will be funded.