Tax Information

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There are many units of government that service and tax Evanston Residents including:

  • Cook County
  • City of Evanston
  • Evanston Library
  • Consolidated Elections
  • Evanston General Assistance
  • School District 65
  • School District 202 (ETHS)
  • Cook County Forest Preserve District
  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
  • Community College 535 (Oakton)
  • North Shore Mosquito Abatement District
  • Ridgeville Park District (partial)
  • Lighthouse Park District (partial)

Property Tax Revenue

As part of the annual budget process, the City adopts a property tax levy. This is the dollar amount that the City will receive in property tax revenue. Cook County uses the levy passed by the City and all the other taxing bodies listed above with the equalized assessed value (EAV) of properties in Evanston to determine the tax rate.  Although the City's budget and levy for 2019 have been adopted, the 2019 EAV and property tax rates will not be final until March 2019. The chart below shows the distribution of property taxes paid by Evanston taxpayers in 2018. The City of Evanston received 16.92% of each property tax bill paid in 2018.

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The City of Evanston receives money from:
  • Property Taxes
  • Other Taxes
  • Licenses Permits and Fees
  • Fines and Forfeitures
  • Charges for Services
  • Revenues from State and Federal Government
  • Transfers from Other Funds

City Percent Share of the Property Tax:

The chart below shows the percentage share of the property tax levy which the City of Evanston has received since 2006. 

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Revenue Numbers- All City Taxes

Please click the link below for a summary of  major revenue sources, trends and assumptions: