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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Text of Pat Vance ‘State of the Township’ report

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Township portion of the 2009 property tax bill.

    According to the second installment property tax bill for 2009, which represents property taxes paid in 2010, the Township portion of the 2009 property tax bill is .16%.  The General Assistance portion is .52%  The total percentage paid to the Township equals .68% of the total property tax bill.

    1. Township tax percentage

      Hi Nick,

      Yes, I noticed that discrepancy when I checked Vance's figures against the Cook County Clerk's Tax Extension Report.

      But .77 percent is what Vance said and wrote in her report (see the full text attached to the story), and the story is quoting her. She apparently was using 2008 numbers. For that year the percentage was indeed .77 percent.

      Perhaps you should walk around the corner to her office and mention the difference to her.

      — Bill

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