2020 Proposed Budget

The City of Evanston's 2020-21 Proposed Budget was published on October 4, 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.
City Council will adopt 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 visualizations and information below are based on the 2020 Proposed Budget data only. 

All Funds Budget

The City's budget includes 38 funds, which are used to track different activities and certain revenue funds. The total 2020 Proposed Budget for all funds is $317,296,978. The charts below show this broken down by fund and by department. 
All Funds - By Fund
All Funds - 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.
Revenue to the General Fund is expected to increase by $2.1 million from 2019 to 2020.
The chart below shows changes to certain General Fund revenue sources from 2019 to 2020. More detail about these changes can be found on page 2 of the Budget Transmittal Letter. 
However, General Fund expenses will also increase.

Salary and benefits will increase from 2019 to 2020 due to general wage increases and steps agreed to in contracts with the City's four employee unions. Expenses are also increasing for health insurance and pension contributions. More detail about these changes can be found on page 3 of the Budget Transmittal Letter. 

Budget Balancing Changes

The City has proposed further changes in order to balance the budget, support new and existing programs, and improve fund reserves. The proposals can be found in the Budget Summary and the Budget Transmittal Letter
Want to explore this data more? Check out the 2020 Proposed Budget dataset and try making your own visualizations!