Chicago's 49th Ward is holding its election day for participatory budgeting on Saturday.
Participatory budgeting lets residents decide how to spend $1 million in aldermanic "menu money" for infrastructure needs. Ald. Joe Moore (49th) has used the process in his North Side ward since 2009.
Residents can vote for projects Saturday at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark St. Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On the ballot, residents will be asked what percentage of the menu money funds should go toward street and alley resurfacing and sidewalk repairs. They will also vote on which projects should be funded with the remaining menu money, such as new residential street lights, park improvements, murals and mosaics and public benches at bus stops, among other ideas.
Click through for more information on participating budget in the 49th Ward and a sample ballot.
According to PB Chicago, which works to facilitate and expand the ward-based budgeting tool in the city, there are six other Chicago wards taking part in participatory budgeting this cycle. They include the 10th, 17th, 31st, 35th, 36th and 45th wards. Participatory budgeting voter information for these wards can be found here.