Participatory Budgeting

2018 31st Ward Participatory Budgeting

All residents of the 31st Ward will again have the opportunity to decide what needs fixing. $1 Million Dollars is available to make repairs to our Infrastructure. You can help decide where that money is spent.

Alderman Santiago will host three Neighborhood Assemblies to reach out and collect ideas.

The Neighborhood Assemblies will be held over the next month and a half. We will also combine PB Assemblies with other events to collect as many Ideas and Volunteers as possible.

Watch our newsletter, website, and Facebook Page for more Participatory Budgeting information!

We look forward to seeing you at one of the Assemblies.

Tuesday, June 27, 6:30 pm at Northwest Community Church, 5318 West Diversey

Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 pm at Foreman College & Career Academy, 3235 North Leclaire

Thursday, July 20, 6:30 pm at Kelvyn Park Field House, 4438 West Wrightwood

2017 31st Ward Participatory Budgeting


1st Percentage Vote...What percentage of the fund should be spent on roads/alleys?- $373,660 
2nd Percentage Vote...What percentage of the funds should be spent on street lighting improvements?- $326,340
Community Idea Projects to be funded in 2017-
Traffic Control/Pedestrian Island on Diversey near Kosciuszko Park  (Pedestrian island refuge on Diversey Avenue to help residents visiting the park) 
Dog Parks at Kosciuszko and Ken-Well Parks (Starter money for the creation of Dog parks in both Kosciuszko and Ken-Well Parks) 
New Curbs and Sidewalks on 5300 W Wrightwood (Repairs to considerable portions of poor conditioned sidewalks and curbs)
Lighting Improvements at Schubert Elementary School Playgound
Screening under Viaducts (Screens and nets under two viaducts at Diversey/Kenton & Belmont/Kenton)

In 2016 for the first time in the history of the 31st Ward we joined 6 other wards in implementing participatory budgeting (PB).

PB Chicago (PBC) is an innovative initiative that lets resident decide how to spend $1 million of tax dollars for local infrastructure needs. Through a participatory budgeting (PB) process,these funds controlled by Aldermen (“menu money”) are allocated by the community. Ward residents and stakeholders will propose spending ideas and develop project proposals, residents will vote on projects, and the list of projects that receive the most votes will be submitted to the Alderman for consideration. 

For the 2016 PB process residents voted for $555,000 of the million to be spent on resurfacing streets and alleys, $328,000 to be spent on new street lights on Kostner (Diversey-Belmont), and $50,000 for small improvements to all four 31st Ward parks. 

Our second round of participatory budgeting for next years menu money is in full swing with voting starting October 9, 2016.
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