Alderman Joe Moore, of Chicago’s 49th ward, has just announced the initial neighborhood assemblies of the ward’s participatory budgeting process. There will be 9 assemblies, starting November 3rd and running till December 3rd. The process will then continue till March or April, when residents will decide which projects to fund.
Around the United States and here in Chicago, city leaders are increasingly asking residents for suggestions about budget spending. Here in the 49th Ward, we’re going one step further. Through a novel experiment in democracy, I’m not just asking for your opinion–I’m asking you to make real decisions about how we spend our money.
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