Township finances sound, supervisor says

Evanston Township Supervisor Pat Vance told the annual town meeting this week that the township is in sound financial shape.

She said township services now cost property taxpayers less than 0.77 percent of the total property tax bill and that she doesn't foresee a need to increase taxes to fund township services.

Vance has faced criticism recently from township trustees over the high percentage of general assistance funds that are spent on administrative costs rather than direct payments to clients.

But she defended those expenses, saying they are in line with costs in other townships and that administering the general assistance program is "labor intensive and rooted in bureaucratic paperwork that consumes time."

She said the township typically has a caseload of 90 people receiving general assistance payments.

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