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Participatory Budgeting

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Participatory Budgeting (PB) is an innovative democratic process that allows community members to directly decide how to allocate part of a public budget. Alderwoman Cruz has decided to utilize PB for 3 reasons:

Community Involvement: 30th Ward residents propose and vote on projects, ensuring that funding addresses local priorities.

Transparency: Alderwoman Cruz has created a process fostering transparency and accountability in how public funds are spent.

Empowerment: Alderwoman Cruz is providing our neighbors a say in budget decisions, PB empowers communities and strengthens civic engagement.

For Participatory Budgeting we utilize the Ward's Menu money. Each year, the City of Chicago allocates $1.5 million to each Alderperson, who can decide how to spend this money on infrastructure projects.

Funds can only be used for capital projects, not operating costs. Examples include street repaving, lighting, pedestrian safety projects, and sidewalk repairs.

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Questions? Please don't hesitate to reach out! Ward30@cityofchicago.org or 773.628.7874

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