Evanston alderment tonight are scheduled to vote on a resolution urging the state legislature to make the state’s temporary 5 percent income tax rate permanent.

If the legislature doesn’t act, the tax will be cut to 3.75 percent next year and return to its old 3 percent rate in 2016.

The resolution prepared for the City Council’s Rules Committee meeting tonight says allowing the tax rate to decrease would lead to “devastating funding cuts to a wide range of public services” including reduced state funding to municipalilties.

The resolution says the tax increase has been used to balance the state’s budget and pay a backlog of unpaid bills.

Gov. Pat Quinn has urged the legislature to keep the higher tax rates in place, while his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, favors rolling back the tax hike.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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