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Daily: PILOT not in city’s current plans

The Daily Northwestern reports that Evanston officials aren't joining the trend of cities trying to negotiate formal a PILOT, or payment in lieu of taxes, program with local non-profits including Northwestern University.

While Evanston aldermen have talked about setting up such a program in the recent past, Assistant City Manager Marty Lyons tells the Daily it's not part of the planning for next year's city budget, although the city "is going to re-evaluate all revenue and expenses from all residents and businesses in the community."

The story notes that the university pays a variety of taxes and service fees to the city, and even a county tax on parking permits it issues. In addition, revenue generated by any tickets issued by the university's police force is paid to the city, says Eugene Sunshine, the university's senior vice president for business and finance.

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