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Vote on city budget priorities

The City of Evanston is conducting an online poll this weekend seeking residents’ priorities for city services, suggestions for program cuts and ideas for generating new revenue.

The City of Evanston is conducting an online poll this weekend seeking residents’ priorities for city services, suggestions for program cuts and ideas for generating new revenue.

The poll, on the city website, will be available until midnight on Tuesday.

The city manager is scheduled to unveil his proposed budget for the coming year by Friday. He’s said the city needs to close a $3.5 million gap between projected general fund revenue and expenditures.

If that gap isn’t closed, when combined with increases in pension payments and bond debt already approved by the City Council, Evanston homeowners could see an increase of nearly 13 percent in their city property taxes next year.

You can find more stories about the city’s budget here and watch replays of city budget meetings on cable channel 16 in Evanston this weekend.

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