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Zap: City eyes electric bill tax hike

The Evanston City Council tonight is scheduled to consider a variety of tax increases — including an increase staff says will average 6.66 percent in the electric utility tax.

That tax rate was last increased in 1998. In a memo to aldermen, Asssistant City Attorney Tom Anger says the the city would gain about $83,000 in annual revenue from the increase.

The rate increase is authorized by state statute, and the rate schedule is designed to make the increases steeper for the biggest electricity consumers.

The aldermen will also consider raising the gas tax from three cents to four cents per gallon, which would raise about $142,000.

And they’re scheduled to consider raising the fees the city charges for permits to obstruct streets and other public spaces with dumpsters, moving containers and other objects.

The weekly fee would rise from $1 to $1.50 per linear foot of obstruction, and the minimum fee would increase from $25 to $50. Lower rates for monthly use would be eliminated. Those fees were last increased in 2007.

Update noon 11/9/10: The City Council voted to approve all three tax and fee increases Monday night without debate.

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