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Recap: Special City Council budget meeting

With just eight days left to go before the start of the new fiscal year, the Evanston City Council held a special meeting this morning to try to reach final agreement on a budget. Here’s a recap of our live coverage.

With just eight days left to go before the start of the new fiscal year, the Evanston City Council held a special meeting this morning to try to reach final agreement on a budget. Here’s a recap of our live coverage.

Over nearly four-and-a-half hours, the aldermen voted to increase spending by a net amount of $70,000. They restored two forestry jobs and dropped a 5 percent pay cut for second-level managers, but added a fifth unpaid holiday to the city calendar.

After suggesting the public and press have paid too much attention to the branch library issue, the aldermen spent about 90 minutes discussing it again themselves, ultimately making no change in their plan to give branch library supporters six months to come up with sufficient private funds to cover branch library operations.

The aldermen postponed a possible final vote on the budget until Monday, to give them time to review the city manager’s proposed reductions to the city’s capital spending plans.

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