Local business owners, property owners and residents in the Chicago/Main and Chicago/Dempster shopping districts in Evanston are invited to nominate, and elect a board of directors for the neighborhood’s new special service area taxing district.

There will be six open board seats, including two business and property owners from each of the business districts, one at-large member from either area; and one seat for a resident of either district.

The SSA will establish a tax, no more than 0.45%, on property within the district. Funds from this levy will be deposited in an account that the SSA board of directors will use to fund activities such as beautification, marketing and advertising, special events, holiday decorations, and other items and activities that will support the business districts.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24. All nominations must include two letters of support from non-related individuals (i.e., a tenant cannot nominate his/her landlord, a business partner cannot nominate his/her business partner, etc.), a short bio of the nominee, identification of the nominee’s stakeholder relationship to the SSA, and the nominee’s contact information.

Letters of support should articulate why that candidate would make a good member of the SSA board and how the larger business district would benefit from his/her involvement. Nominations can be submitted online, in person at the branch library at 900 Chicago Ave., by mail to Cindy Plante, City of Evanston, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Room 3600, Evanston, IL 60201.

Board members will serve three-year terms, except for the at-large member who will serve a two-year term.  

After the nomination deadline, a ballot containing the names of the nominees meeting qualifications will be prepared and mailed to tenants and property owners within the district. Completed ballots should be dropped off during business hours at the librarian’s desk at the branch library. All votes must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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    1. Why the need ? To add to resumes
      If you create more boards and get more officials and hire more employees, it looks good on your resume.
      You and all above and below you get more power and recognition. You have a budget and you get to spend [taxpayer] dollars and if you don’t really need to spend all the money, you will still find ways to spend it so your budget/power won’t be cut next year.
      The power to tax is power to control—and reward supporters.

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