The City of Evanston will hold its final community budget workshop at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, in City Council Chambers at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

City officials say they are looking forward to continued public participation in this open public process to help craft a budget that balances the needs of the community with the reality of lowered City revenues. Based on projections, the City is facing an approximate $8 million deficit for the next budget year.

Some recommendations arising from the Nov. 30 meeting will be presented to City Manager Walter Bobkiewicz for inclusion in the proposed budget. They will also be presented to the City Council at a special City Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 in Council chambers of the Civic Center.

Mr. Bobkiewicz wishes to remind the public that direct participation in the Nov. 30 workshop is based on having attended the first workshop, held on Nov. 7th. All residents are still encouraged to attend and observe, but participation will be limited to those who attended the first meeting. 

All budget workshops will be rebroadcast on Evanston Community Media Center’s Channel 16, beginning at noon on Dec. 4 and ending with a one-hour live call-in show at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6, taking City budget questions. City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz and Assistant City Manager Marty Lyons will be on air to answer residents’ questions. The call in number is 847-869-0755 for City of Evanston budget related questions is 847-869-0755.