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Evanston aldermen are scheduled to vote Monday on ordinances that will result in an increase of 2.95 percent in the city portion of the property tax levy for next year.

As proposed the total property tax levy would rise from $47.5 million to $48.9 million.

The largest percentage increase would be in the library fund — which would grow 8.6 percent to $6.96 million.

There would be increases of over two percent in the general fund and the police and fire pension funds, while the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund tax would decrease by 6.3 percent.

The budget also includes a new solid waste fund for next year, with a first-year- levy of $418,367.

The aldermen Monday are also scheduled to adopt a resolution approving next year’s city budget, which calls for spending a total of $336 million, including interfund transfers. That’s an increase of 8.8 percent over this year’s spending level. The increase is due largely to capital spending for renovation of the main library and to build a new Robert Crown Center.

The budget includes nearly $3 million in spending reductions compared to what would have been required to continue existing programs unchanged into the new year.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. A Memorial ?

    I’m surprised the Library Board did not propose tearing down the library and build a new one dedicated to themselves. They seem to think they need to remodel Main as a memorial to themselves, put a branch in Crown [which will probably not be used (If it is used, will probably for a soft chair when they can text.)] and keep the existing branches which are a joke. If people, esp. students, would use them fine. But so far they are just sites to pick-up the latest pot-boiler—they certainly don’t have material student would need for school or personal education.

    What about Security and the homeless which EPL Main has had problems with for years—they have done better recently.

  2. More taxes?
    As it is happening in the rest of Illinois it seems Evanston is equally set on pushing us taxpayers out of town. Already I do many of my businesses in Wilmette or Skokie where governments are not so rapacious. When our council demands more of our money, are they assuming that somehow we taxpayers get more money from somewhere, somehow? Many of us are on fixed incomes! Besides, when you raise our taxes, how come we don’t see any increases in services for us? Where does the money go? If Evanston does not have enough money then they are not doing proper management of our affairs. Cut the government, for example. Do we need so many employees for the kind of services we offer the taxpayers? I don’t think so. Once upon a time with lower taxes we used to get our sidewalks plowed and our garbage picked up twice a week, for example. If the city spending is getting too excessive, then do what we do, cut expenses. You can’t just say, “cutting is too hard, lets raise taxes”! We, who give you the money, can’t say that! We have to cut OUR spending to give you more of our money! The Evanston council received a raise last year that we taxpayers pay for. City employees have raises and good benefits that we pay for. If Evanston’s budget cannot provide for increases in spending, then there has to be cutting. Because as I say, there is no more spending on additional services for us. We elect our aldermen to take care of Evanston’s business while looking out for our interests. But it is more and more difficult to live in Evanston when our budgets shrink and shrink and our taxes rise and rise and we have nothing to show for it.
    We pay and pay and whether it is the schools not showing improvements or the city operating in ways we cannot afford, something has to change. Because this situation is reckless, incompetent and inconsiderate.

  3. Apparently last year’s tax overreach wasn’t enough

    This is sickening.

    Why don’t they just sell the downtown library and use the funds to build 2 or 3 modest library branches around the city?  Less upkeep, more local access, a new tax base from the sold building and new real estate transfer tax fees – to me at least this seems pretty logical.

    Bill, is the library still on track for Robert Crown? If so, would they keep the Chicago Main location open? It would be such a waste to maintain two locations so close to each other.

  4. Trash Tax

    Each unit owner in our condo building is already paying roughly $200/year (plus addition fees for special pickups when oversized items are illegally dumped by our dumpsters) through assessments for trash and recycling pickup. So why are we being charged this additional tax to subsidize single family home owners? We are a building of lower priced starter condos not some luxury property. Home owners in pricier properties will pay less in fees than what each condo owner will pay individually. Multiply this by the number of owners in any given building. Thousands for services condo buildings will not receive while having to contract out because the city doesn’t offer trash services to larger properties.

    This fee should not be rolled into the property taxes unless the city is willing to offer us the same collection service as single family properties! Why not treat it like the wheel tax and charge households who are using the service? What happened to keeping Evanston “affordable” for all?

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