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Library board eyes forcing 50 percent funding boost

The Evanston Library Board has scheduled a special meeting for Aug. 4 at which it’s scheduled to consider a power play against the City Council aimed at forcing up to a 50 percent increase in taxpayer funding for city libraries.

The Evanston Library Board has scheduled a special meeting for Aug. 4 at which it’s scheduled to consider a power play against the City Council aimed at forcing up to a 50 percent increase in taxpayer funding for city libraries.

The appointed board seeks to take advantage of provisions in state law which members argue give it a claim on a separate tax levy of up to 0.23 percent of the equalized assessed value of property in the city.

City property values from 2007, used in preparing this year’s budget, would yield about $6.4 million in library revenue at that rate, compared to the $4.2 million in spending aldermen approved.

The city’s legal staff has argued in the past that the under the city’s home rule authority it is not obligated to approve the separate levy and can control the library’s funding — setting up a potential legal battle if the library board moves forward with the effort impose a separate tax.

The special meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the board room at the library.

More details in this story from the Evanston Review.

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