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Are Evanston Residential Property Taxes Going Down? Crain's says "likely"

From a recent Crain's Chicago Business article:

"If there is a silver lining, at least in the near term, it's that higher assessments on commercial properties in Cook County are likely to result in lower taxes for many homeowners. In Evanston, for instance, the assessed value of all residential property rose 25 percent from 2018 to 2019, while the assessed value of all commercial and industrial property rose 125 percent. The wide gap suggests that taxes will rise for commercial and industrial landlords in the suburb when property tax bills come out next year but drop for Evanston homeowners"

Read the full story here:

Crain's Chicago Business 4/12/2019: What Evanston's assessments tell us about the new assessor's new math

A Community Approach to Clearing Snow From Sidewalks

From the Atlantic CITYLAB website by Lydia Lee posted Feb. 6, 2015:

"In most places, sidewalk snow-clearing is left to individual homeowners. In Ann Arbor, one neighborhood decided to pool its resources instead."

The SnowBuddy tractor, driven and funded by volunteers, clears all 12 miles of sidewalk of the Water Hill neighborhood of Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Paul Tinkerhess)

 

The SnowBuddy tractor, driven and funded by volunteers, clears all 12 miles of sidewalk of the Water Hill neighborhood of Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Paul Tinkerhess)

Saw the above in a tweet from City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz this morning.  Thought it worth sharing. 

Click here or on the photo above to jump to the full article and comment either here at CSNA or at the Citylab.com website.

Jim

Halloween 2014 Storm

Lighthouse Beach at 3:00 pm Friday, October 31, 2014.

 

The City Should Respect and Follow the Central Street Master Plan

... "The best way for the City to honor the enormous and successful effort of all those who contributed to the heralded Central Street Master Plan is to give its ideas a chance to work." ...

Read the whole essay ...

The City Should Respect and Follow the Central Street Master Plan
A Guest Essay By John Walsh, Evanston RoundTable, 9/10/2014

CSNA 2014 Annual Meeting & Township Forum Report

Betty Sue Ester (Left - AGAINST) and Larry Suffredin (Center - FOR) are introduced by CSNA President John Walsh (Right) as they prepare to debate the upcoming referendum to abolish the Township.

Central Street Neighbors Association held its 2014 Annual Meeting Wednesday, February 19.  Six judicial candidates for seats on the Cook County 9th Sub-Circuit were introduced and were available to talk about their candidacies with residents. Those present included:

For the Goldberg vacancy:

  • Jerry A. Esrig of Evanston

For the Myer vacancy:

  • Anjana Hansen of Evanston

For the Preston vacancy:

  • Michael Francis Otto
  • Abbey Fishman Romanek of Wilmette
  • Michael Allen Strom
  • Brian Alexander of Skokie

During the business meeting two new members, Connie Heneghan and Lee Rogulich, were elected to the board.  Returning board members included Jim Hughes, and David Staub.  Returning Officers include John Walsh and Jeff Smith President and Vice President respectively. The new 2014 board is here.

Forum Report

(for the full article with the Forum Report click here)

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