2020 Adopted Budget

The City of Evanston's 2020 Budget was adopted on November 25, 2019. The budget is a policy document which sets the financial course for the City of Evanston and defines the priorities of services provided to the community. It is the culmination of months of effort to balance available resources with the actual and desired services required by Evanston residents, businesses, and visitors.
Though the document also includes information for 2021, City Council adopted a formal budget ordinance and tax levies for only fiscal year 2020. The projected budget for 2021 will serve as a policy guide for the coming year, and will be amended and formally adopted during the fall of 2020. The visuals and information below are based primarily on the 2020 Adopted Budget data. 

All Funds Budget

The City's budget includes 38 funds, which are used to track different activities and certain revenue funds. The total 2020 Adopted Budget for all funds is $320,709,230. The charts below show this broken down by fund and by department. The 2021 Projected Budget is $303,560,900.
2020 Adopted Budget - By Fund
2020 Adopted Budget - By Department

Property Taxes

For every dollar in property taxes paid by an Evanston resident, the City receives 17 cents, and the Library receives 3 cents. This is shown in the dollar chart below.
The portion of property taxes received by the City support different functions. The chart on the  right shows how City property taxes are divided by fund. 

General Fund Budget

The City's largest fund is the General Fund, making up 37% of the total City budget.
Where does the money come from?
The General Fund receives revenue from a variety of sources including property taxes. "Other taxes" here includes sales tax, income tax, and local taxes like wheel tax, motor fuel tax, hotel tax, and more. 
Where does the money go?
The General Fund includes many of the City's core services, including Police, Fire, Public Works, Parks & Recreation, Health & Human Services, and Community Development.
Want to explore this data more? Check out the 2019, 2020, and 2021 Adopted Budget Data and try making your own visualizations!