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City of Evanston Releases 2018 Proposed Budget

Post Date:10/06/2017 4:35 PM

City LogoEvanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has released the proposed budget for the City of Evanston’s 2018 Fiscal Year, which runs from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

The total proposed budget is $338,888,344, which includes all funds and inter-fund transfer expenses. The General Fund proposed baseline budget is not balanced and is projected to have $112,411,186 in revenues and $118,508,982 in expenditures for a baseline deficit of $6,097,796. The 2018 Proposed Budget Transmittal Letter includes additional revenues of $2.4 million and reduced expenses of $4.4 million below the baseline for consideration during the City Council’s budget discussion process. The budget includes a proposed 1.1 percent increase in the City’s share of Evanston property taxes to accommodate additional recommended spending on Police and Fire pensions. This proposed budget also includes a 7 percent increase in the City Water Rate, which is completely offset by a 4 percent decrease in the City’s Sewer Rate. As the debt in the Sewer Fund has been paid off, the City is reducing this rate; however, the Water Fund requires funding for major capital improvements over the next several years. These fee changes will have no impact to the combined water/sewer bill.

With such a large deficit in the initial baseline budget, this budget includes the reduction of 28.3 full-time equivalent positions and holding vacant three police department sworn positions and four fire department sworn positions. The budget also includes the addition of one position to monitor all of the data and record keeping duties for new body camera records in the Police Department. Of the 28.3 position reductions, 4.5 will be replaced through the consolidation of positions in the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, the Public Works Agency, and in the transfer of Victim Advocate Services from the Police to the Health and Human Services Department. This budget includes $1.6 million in new revenues from increases in parking lot/meter fees as well as increases in parking fines.

Included in the Transmittal section of the budget is a report from the City’s Equity and Empowerment Coordinator regarding the impact of reductions in expenses and increases in revenues included in the proposed budget.

The 2018 Proposed Budget document can be found at cityofevanston.org/budget. The annual budget is a policy document that sets the financial course for the City of Evanston 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 Evanston residents, businesses and visitors.

“The Evanston economy remains stable; however, future revenues are being reduced to reflect the slowing down of this building cycle in the community and the reduction of revenues due to the passage of the State of Illinois 2017-18 Budget," said City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz. "The recommended expense decreases in this proposed budget are designed to maintain the structural budget integrity of the City’s General Fund with minimal impact to City services. Given the continued concerns over the State of Illinois budget and economy, the City continues to adjust operations in a sustainable manner for the coming year and into the future."

The City of Evanston’s 2018 Proposed Budget will be formally presented to the Evanston City Council on Monday, October 16, at 7 p.m., in the James C. Lytle City Council Chambers. Residents are also invited to attend a public hearing on the budget on Saturday, October 28, at 9 a.m., in the Council Chambers.

Residents can provide their input on the 2018 Proposed Budget through any of the following channels:

For more information about the 2018 Proposed Budget, visit cityofevanston.org/budget or call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

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