Evanston aldermen debated at a budget workshop Saturday whether to increase property taxes by eight percent or rein in spending.

The city staff has prepared a budget that calls for a 3.55 percent increase in spending, in the face of a 4.13 percent projected increase in an index of items municipalities have to buy.

But because other tax revenues aren’t expected to grow much, funding the full budget would require the sizable property tax boost.

As the Daily Northwestern reports, it could come down to choices between beach tokens and mental health care.

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