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Mayor: Library levy ‘taxation without representation’

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said today she returned from a week’s vacation “to find that everything had fallen apart,” and she called the Library Board’s action last week to disassociate itself from the city’s budget process and impose its own tax levy “taxation without representation.”

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said today she returned from a week’s vacation “to find that everything had fallen apart,” and she called the Library Board’s action last week to disassociate itself from the city’s budget process and impose its own tax levy “taxation without representation.”

But when asked if she planned to replace the Library Board members who voted 6 to 2 in favor of the move, her response was: “not today.”

Under state statutes the mayor can remove members of any appointed board whenever the mayor "is of the opinion that the interests of the municipality demand removal."

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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