Evanston officials say city general fund revenue came in 6 percent under budget last year, while expenses were about 3 percent under.

That left the city with a $3 million reduction in reserves, which has since been partially plugged by proceeds from a $1.9 delayed sale of city property that had been planned to take place before the end of the fiscal year in February.

Evanston officials say city general fund revenue came in 6 percent under budget last year, while expenses were about 3 percent under.

That left the city with a $3 million reduction in reserves, which has since been partially plugged by proceeds from a $1.9 delayed sale of city property that had been planned to take place before the end of the fiscal year in February.

Assistant City Manager Marty Lyons told aldermen Monday big drops in revenue came from real estate transfer taxes, building permit fees and the city share of state income tax revenue, as well as utility taxes and sales taxes.

Most city departments managed to trim their spending, but fire and police expenditures were over budget. 

Lyons says that in planning for next year’s budget the staff doesn’t plan to make any assumption that revenues will recover from last year’s low levels.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Final Nail in Coffin for Branch Libraries-Ecology Center Next?

    Evanston’s fiscal challenges continue to confront our community. Other cities and states are dealing with similar issues. We can continue the status quo and eliminate programs, cut back services, impose new fees etc. or we can use this as an opportunity to fundamentally restructure our government in Evanston and across Illinois. Read the following NY Times article to learn what other communities are considering.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/25/us/25remake.html?ref=us

    We should be asking ourselves, does it make sense in 2010 to have 1,400 townships in the state of illinois. Seems like a lot of duplicative cost to me.

    We should be asking ourselves, should there be 2 separate school districts in Evanston?

    We should be asking ourselves, should current legislation remain in place that enables our Fire Chief to retire at 51 years of age, and we’ll be paying him almost $100,000 per year and this will increase at 3% per year when we’re laying off teachers, closing the branch libraries, reducing services?

    We should be asking ourselves, is the government serving the people, or are the people serving the government?

     

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