First installment tax bills started arriving in Evanston property owners’ mailboxes today, and they include sobering data on the level of debt local governments have run up.

Divide the debt by the number of residents in each taxing district and add it all up and you end up with over $8,000 per person in non-pension debt and another $4,500 or so in unfunded pension debt.

And that doesn’t count the state’s budget problems.

First installment property tax payments are due March 4.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. It’s time to vote for Republicans

    In 10 years my property taxes have DOUBLED!!!!! My property value has not.

    In that time, the deficit of Evanston, Cook County and Illinois has worsened. Our politicians keep spending,borrowing and taxing. Evanston, Cook County and Illinois have all been controlled by the Democratic party.

    Take a look at Wisconsin. In three years after Republicans gained control, the $3.6 billion deficit is now a $1 billion surplus and Governor Scott Walker and Republicans are proposing a tax rebate.

    Illinois Democrats gave us a tax income increase! 

    It's time for change. Vote for Republican.

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