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Mayor sees tax hike ahead

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl told residents at a town hall meeting Thursday night "property taxes probably will increase" next year.

The mayor, noting that there’s been no increase in the city’s tax rate for the past two years, said, "We’ve cut about as much as I think we can cut" from the city budget, and "eventually we have to raise taxes."

Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl told residents at a town hall meeting Thursday night "property taxes probably will increase" next year.

The mayor, noting that there’s been no increase in the city’s tax rate for the past two years, said, "We’ve cut about as much as I think we can cut" from the city budget, and "eventually we have to raise taxes."

The mayor, speaking at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, said she’s looking for ways to increase city revenue — like selling Evanston water to more communities. And she said projects like the proposed wind farm in Lake Michigan could create jobs for Evanston residents that would help improve the tax base.

But those ideas won’t be realized in time to have an impact on next year’s budget.

She said the trip by city officials and residents and leaders of Northwestern University to Springfield last week was designed to try to get more financial help from the state.

Among other things, she said, she talked about the need for a state-funded health clinic here.

But the state, she noted, has severe financial problems of its own.

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