36th Ward's participatory budgeting process.
Alderman Villegas believes strongly in transparency and making sure the community has a voice in how their tax dollars are spent. In 2015, shortly after taking office, Alderman Villegas instituted an internationally used democratic budgeting system called, “Participatory Budgeting (PB).” PB was initiated with the goal of empowering the 36th Ward community to annually submit ideas later voted on that decide how the $1 Million Dollar Aldermanic Menu Program funding will be spent. These Funds have been set aside for each Alderman to address specific local infrastructure needs. Over the years, PB has been a great success throughout the 36th Ward Community with participation from students, small businesses, community activists, and engaged residents. PB continues to grow and expand with new ideas like bundling and project caps. With Participatory Budgeting, we are not only bettering the 36th Ward Community, we are making sure our residents’ voices are heard!