Quantcast

City: State cuts would ‘tear at the heart’ of Evanston

City of Evanston officials today urged residents to call local state lawmakers to urge them not to cut funding for Evanston and other local governments as the legislature rushes to finish action the new state budget by the end of this month.

City of Evanston officials today urged residents to call local state lawmakers to urge them not to cut funding for Evanston and other local governments as the legislature rushes to finish action the new state budget by the end of this month.

The "action alert" posted on the city's website says cuts in funds collected by the state but traditionally distributed to municipalities would force the city to make additional staff reductions or raise property taxes.

The news release says the funding cuts would "tear at the heart of Evanston."

Municipalities now receive a variety of state-collected revenues including the Local Government Distributive Fund, state income tax, motor fuel taxes, sales taxes and personal property replacement taxes.

The city argues that while the state serves as the vehicle to collect and distribute those funds, they are "generated by and owed to local governments" and were paid by local taxpayers with the understanding they would fund local services.

It adds that the cuts will merely shift the state’s burden onto municipal and county governments, and asks "Should Evanston residents feel the sting for Springfield’s fiscal mess?"

Editors’ Picks