Saturday, January 23, 2010

Evanston Alders Reject Library District Idea

to January 23 Evanston Now post, "Branch libraries cling to life".

Excerpt: Evanston aldermen today appeared to reject creating a separate library taxing district, but asked the city manager to develop a plan to keep the branch libraries open for one more year.

At the City Council's budget workshop session Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said a new library board would not be likely to reduce the total tax burden on Evanstonians and would be more likely to increase it.

So, she said, it doesn't solve the problem for people like her who are interested in keeping the tax burden down so the city doesn't increase the risk more residents will fall victim to foreclosures.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, whose 3rd Ward includes the South Branch library, said she's opposed to cutting the branches and wants to give library supporters a year to come up with funding solutions for them.

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