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With a budget discussion that covered Parliamentary procedure more than money, the City’s nine aldermen approved the City’s $218 million budget for fiscal year 2012. The increase in the City’s portion of the property tax bill is 4.91 percent; the City’s portion of the overall property tax bill is about 20 percent. Other increases will be seen in parking-meter rates, water rates, parking fines, charges for garbage pickups and for some recreation programs. No substantial changes were made to the budget between the Nov. 15 City Council meeting, at which most of the thorny issues appeared to have been resolved. (See sidebar for some highlights of the budget.)Three aldermen – Judy Fiske, 1st Ward; Donald Wilson, 4th Ward; and Coleen Burrus, 9th Ward – voted against the budget. The other six voted to approve.

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...