49th Ward Residents Vote on Budget

April 10, 2010

Residents of Chicago's 49th Ward vote today on how to spend the ward's discretionary money to improve infrastructure. It's the first time any Chicago Ward has tried budgeting by popular vote.

Every year, each ward gets more than $1 million to use on projects like filling potholes, repaving streets, and installing traffic lights. But residents of Alderman Joe Moore's district can also choose to fund projects like street art and free wi-fi internet access.

Moore says he's tried to make the process as inclusive as possible. 

MOORE: The only requirement is that you have to be a resident of the 49th Ward, and age 16 or over. You don't have to be a citizen, you don't have to be registered to vote.

Each voter will be able to choose eight projects. The ones that get the most votes will be funded first, until the money runs out.

Voting is at the Chicago Math and Science Academy from 9am until 3pm.