[VIDEO] Should the city continue to spend tax dollars to build affordable housing when the recession has slashed housing prices?

Evanston mayoral candidates were asked about that Tuesday night at a televised forum.

The event was sponsored by the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and produced by the Evanston Community Media Center.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Once again, Dinges has the right answer!
    On affordable housing, Dinges has the right answer:

    The tax bills are making Evanston unaffordable for many middle income residents and lower income residents. Keeping the city tax bill affordable should be the City Council’s focus! (And I’ll add — District 65 and District 202 need to focus on keeping the taxes affordable, too.)

    I don’t know Barnaby Dinges personally. But I am pleased that he is looking at problems from the standpoint of the middle income residents. For far too long, the concerns of middle income residents (including the financial pinch of the outrageous property tax increases) have been disregarded.

    I am not a millionaire who can afford steep property tax increases without concern. Yet, there are no government support dollars available to me to help me stay in Evanston. If taxes keep going up, I will need to sell my home and leave.

  2. Eliminate ECMC and save $400,000
    I found $400,000 in “tax-relief” in the video.

    Eliminate the Evanston Community Media Center! It has lost its relevance. ECMC serves less than 100 people a year. Most people can learn to edit video at home and upload it to a worldwide audience on You Tube, something ECMC does not even train Evanston residents to do.

    We’re on the inside of a new age for media looking out. Old forms of media are dead or dying, and that includes a cable-only, “media” center (tv station).

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