The City Council Rules Committee is scheduled Monday to debate a proposal to give tax dollars to Evanston mayoral candidates.
The proposal could force taxpayers to spend up to $450,000 on an election for mayor.
It would create a fund of nearly $400,000 available to candidates in the mayor’s race and spend an additional $50,000 for staff in the city clerk’s office to administer the program.
The program could radically shift how much money candidates have available. Qualified candidates would receive a $9 match from the taxpayers for every $1 they raised on their own in contributions to their campaign of $50 or less.
Several communities have adopted some variation on the matching funds model over the years.
Ald. Devon Reid (8th) is touting a different plan for taxpayer funding of elections — the “Democracy Voucher” program adopted by voter referendum in Seattle in 2015. A similar program was adopted in Oakland, California, last November.
The Rules Committee meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday in the council chambers at the Civic Center.