Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says he’s dropped plans to furlough city workers on Dec. 31 — because it appears the impact of the state’s budget impasse on the city now will be pushed off into the new year.

The state budget situation “has really gone beyond words or explanation,” Bobkiewitz said in a memo to city employees this morning.

But he said it now appears that, as a result of legislative action last week, the city will received its share of motor fuel tax revenue from the state before the end of this year.


Despite that, Bobkiewicz says, it appears very unlikely that the State will have a budget by the end of the city’s fiscal year on Dec. 31.

He says the latest city budget report indicates the city can end its fiscal year without the furlough day. But he also urged employees to “refrain from any unnecessary purchases at the end of the year, even if some accounts are under budget.  This careful financial management will help provide an even greater cushion for a small citywide surplus at the end of the year.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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