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Budget task force to take long view

The mayoral budget task force scheduled to be approved by City Council tonight will likely focus most of its effort on long-term fixes to Evanston’s financical crisis.

That’s the word from 6th Ward resident Mark Sloane, who says he’s been asked by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl to chair the panel.

The mayoral budget task force scheduled to be approved by City Council tonight will likely focus most of its effort on long-term fixes to Evanston’s financical crisis.

That’s the word from 6th Ward resident Mark Sloane, who says he’s been asked by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl to chair the panel.

Sloane, in a brief interview after Sunday’s 18th District state house debate, said the group is unlikely to have any report until after the City Manager issues his proposed budget for FY 2010-11 in late December.

Sloane says the panel may have something to say about the upcoming budget, but plans to focus more on what the city should do over the next several years to fix its budget woes.

The separate series of public budget workshops organized by City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz is scheduled to wrap up next Monday with a 7 p.m. session at the Civic Center.

That’s to be followed by a presentation of the results of the workshops to a special City Council meeting a week later.

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