Evanston aldermen hold a public hearing on the city’s proposed budget for the new fiscal year tonight at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

The latest budget proposal from the city’s finance director calls for no property tax increase, but making the proposal balance is highly dependent on agreement by city employee unions to settle for new contracts with substantially lower pay raises than they’ve received in the recent past.

The budget calls for no layoffs of city workers, but a near-freeze on filling vacant positions.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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