Will you institute participatory budgeting to allow ward residents to vote on discretionary spending in your ward?


Maybe. I’m very open to the idea of participatory budgeting. But in my ward, I’ve seen that Alderman Cappleman’s experiment with participatory budgeting failed, and was followed by a year in which he unilaterally spent the funds, primarily for pothole repairs. The residents I’ve spoken with who participated in the participatory budgeting process complained that much effort was spent on a wide variety of ideas, some of them which were totally unfeasible, and there was little attempt by the alderman’s office to channel the ideas into workable options or to provide feedback to residents after the process was completed. I would like to provide a democratic option for spending these funds without wasting significant resident or office resources.