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Full budget proposal released

If you’d like to spend your New Year’s Eve curled up with a city budget document — now you can. Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz late this afternoon released the full text of the proposed 2010-11 city budget.

The document is available online.

If you’d like to spend your New Year’s Eve curled up with a city budget document — now you can. Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz late this afternoon released the full text of the proposed 2010-11 city budget.

The document is available online.

Perhaps the most obvious difference is that the budget book this year is a lot shorter — 198 pages, compared to 610 pages last year.

Bobkiewicz in his budget message repeats the proposals he announced two weeks ago to close the projected $9.5 million budget gap:

  • Eliminate 47 of the city’s 840 full-time-equivalent jobs and make other department-level spending cuts to save $5.6 million.
  • Raise refuse and yard waste fees and other revenue sources to generate $2.34 million.
  • Eliminate cost of living adjustments, require all employees to take three unpaid holidays and trim other expenses to save $1.64 million

He says that if the City Council doesn’t make cuts, the city’s general fund reserve balance would fall to just $3 million — dangerously low, barely enough to meet one bi-weekly payroll.

Given the delays in delivery of count property tax distributions and state revenue sharing, Bobkiewicz says, reserves that low "could result in public safety and public works service disruptions on a city-wide basis."

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