Audit to look for efficiencies at township
Evanston's Human Service Committee is scheduled Wednesday to approve plans for a management audit of Evanston Township operations.
Members of the town board, who also serve as city aldermen, told the City Manager last spring to develop plans for the study.
City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has estimated the city could perform all of the township's existing services while cutting overhead and other costs by enough to save $300,000 to $400,000 a year from what's now a nearly $1.5 million township budget.
Evanston voters in March approved by a 2-1 margin an advisory referendum favoring dissolution of the township.
But the statewide lobbying group for township officials has blocked action in Springfield on a proposal by State Sen. Jeff Schoenberg that would permit Evanston to move ahead with the dissolution plan.
The management audit would evaluate services provided by the township and consider possible elimination, combination or consolidation of services, setting up service agreements with other agencies or contracting with the city for services.
Currently the township provides general and emergency assistance to indigents and advice to property owners on how to appeal their tax bills.
The request for proposals prepared for the committee meeting doesn't estimate the cost of the study, but says it could be paid for from the town budget.
Would-be consultants would have to submit their proposals, including cost figures, by Sept. 26, and the RFP document anticipates that the township trustees would get the consultant's final report by Nov. 16.