Evanston aldermen Monday night gave final approval to a $335 million budget for2018 that calls for a spending nearly nine percent more than this year.
The increase is largely a result of planned spending on a new Robert Crown Center and a major renovation project at the main library.
The budget also calls for the elimination of about two dozen city worker jobs and various other cutbacks to trim more than $4 million from general fund spending and imposes an array of new taxes and fee hikes.
The budget manages to limit the percentage increase in property taxes to fund city services other than the public library to 1.45 percent, while the library fund levy is to increase more than 5 percent.
The final adopted budget largely follows the plan laid out by City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz back in October, although alderman did make a variety of modifications — ranging from boosting staffing for victim services programs that were moved from the police to the health department to a last minute increase of $8,000 for discretionary spending by the city clerk.