City of Evanston Releases 2014 Proposed Budget
On October 11, 2013, Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz released the proposed budget for the City of Evanston's 2014 Fiscal Year, which runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. The total proposed budget is $252,295,571 which includes all funds and inter-fund transfer expenses. The General Fund budget is balanced and is projected to have $87,235,298 in revenues and $87,004,481 in expenditures. The City Manager’s proposed budget does not include any planned layoffs.
The 2014 Budget and Transmittal Memo and Proposed Budget document can be found at www.cityofevanston.org/budget.
The annual budget is a policy document which sets the financial course for the City and defines the service priorities provided to the community. It is the culmination of months of effort by the entire city staff, as well as residents, to balance available resources with the actual and desired services required by residents, businesses and visitors.
“The national economy continues to slowly improve, but the City regards this improvement with a proper degree of caution due to the State of Illinois financial picture and the current Federal Government shutdown,” explained Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz. “The 2014 Proposed Budget includes modestly increasing revenues from economic sources such as income taxes and building-related income. Expense increases include the addition of personnel in the Police, Health and Library departments. Staffing in our General Operating fund is still well below the level included in the City’s 2008-09 budget, yet the City continues to provide the same, and in many cases, improved service levels with less resources,” Bobkiewicz stated.
The FY2014 Proposed Budget marks the fifth consecutive budget year that the city has facilitated a community budget process. The City focused its Engage Evanston process during the period of September 14-21, 2013. That week, Evanston residents were encouraged to submit budget-related ideas to City staff through a variety of communication channels, including the web, mail, email, telephone, social media and the seven outreach events held at coffee shops and restaurants throughout the city.
The City Council discussed strategic planning on September 30 with a focus on City facilities, City streets and Water and Sewer. The Council is scheduled to continue the process on November 5, 2014. Once the 2014 City Council goals are adopted, they will be posted to the City at www.cityofevanston.org/councilgoals.
For the schedule of City Council budget-related meetings and to view budget documents, residents can visit www.cityofevanston.org/budget.