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Council to polish city budget tonight

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You will still be able to get a birth certificate at the Civic Center, and more streets and alleys will get paved next year — assuming Evanston aldermen back changes to next year's city budget up for discussion tonight.

In response to requests from various aldermen and the mayor, city staff have prepared budget modifications that would retain the city's vital records service, which had been slated for elimination in the original proposed budget, but cut the staffing in half, from two employees to just one.

When paired with an increase in the fees for birth and death certificates to match fees charged by Cook County, staff expects the modification to actually add a few thousand dollars more to the city's bottom line.

But that gain would be more than offset by proposed last-minute additions in uniform costs across various departments and in training costs for some public works employees to gain job certificates.

Staff is also proposing to add an extra half mile of street repaving and one additional block of alley paving to the budget, which will add about $150,000 to the city's general obligation bond issue for next year.

Final adoption of the budget is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 24.

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