14 Referendums on March 20 Primary Ballots in Kane County

14 Referendums on March 20 Primary Ballots in Kane County

Fourteen referendums will appaeron various Kane County ballots for the March 20 primary.

According to the Kane County Clerk’s Office referenda page, six involve fire protection districts, two involve home-rule status, one asks whether a village clerk position should be elected or appointed and four ask voters whether a local tax should be increased or repealed.

The 14 referendums will be of interest to voters living within the boundaries of Rutland Dundee Township Fire Protection District, South Elgin Countryside Fire Protection District, Fox River & Countryside Fire-Rescue District, Pingree Grove & Country Side Fire District, Hampshire Fire Protection District, the city of Geneva, the village of East Dundee, the village of Lily Lake, the village of Maple Park, Aurora Township and the Fox Valley Park District.

The Aurora Election Commission, which serves Kane County residents within the boundaries of the city of Aurora, has yet to update its website regarding referendums on the March 20 ballot.

Click the links below to read the full text of each referendum question or view the petition, and look to local media for articles about the pro’s and cons of each.

You can often find additional information about a referendum question on the websites of the government offices affected.

Geneva Sales Tax Referendum

For example, the city of Geneva is proposing a .5 percent increase in sales taxes to support operations, infrastructure or property tax relief. The city has created a brochure that explains the referendum and reasons city officials have put the question on the ballot.

The question reads:

Shall the corporate authorities of the City of Geneva, Kane County, Illinois be authorized to levy a Non-Home Rule Municipal Retailers’ Occupation Tax and Non-Home Rule Municipal Service Occupation Tax (commonly referred to as a “municipal sales tax”) at the rate of one percent (1.0%) for the purpose of funding expenditures on municipal operations, expenditures on public infrastructure or for property tax relief?

The brochure explains in the impact to consumers in layman’s terms:

“For every $50 spent, the sales tax will increase by 25¢. The majority of sales tax revenue is paid by visitors to Geneva. An increase in the sales tax will keep Geneva comparable to neighboring communities.”

Additional information is available on the city of Geneva website.

District Election Referendum Type Passed/Failed
Rutland Dundee Township Fire Protection 03/20/2018 Rutland Dundee Township Fire Protection Petition
South Elgin Countryside Fire Protection District 03/20/2018 PROPOSITION TO CREATE A NEW TAX RATE FOR EMERGENCY AND RESCUE FUND PURPOSES Public Question
South Elgin Countryside Fire Protection District 03/20/2018 PROPOSITION TO ISSUE $10,000,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS Resolution
Fox River & Countryside Fire-Rescue District 03/20/2018 Fox River & Countryside Fire-Rescue District Resolution
Pingree Grove & Country Side Fire District 03/20/2018 PROPOSITION TO ISSUE $8,500,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS Resolution
City of Geneva 03/20/2018 A Resolution Proposing An Increase To The Non-Home Rule Sales Tax Resolution
Village of East Dundee 03/20/2018 SHOULD THE VILLAGE OF EAST DUNDEE REPEAL THE NEWLY-CREATED TRASH TAX THAT WILL COST EVERY HOMEOWNER NEARLY $250 PER YEAR? Petition
Village of East Dundee 03/20/2018 Shall the Village of East Dundee, Illinois cease to be a home rule unit? Petition
Village of East Dundee 03/20/2018 Shall the Village of East Dundee, IL remain a home rule unit? Resolution
Village of Lily Lake 03/20/2018 Village of Lily Lake Petition
Village of Maple Park 03/20/2018 Village of Maple Park Resolution
Aurora Township 03/20/2018 PROPOSITION FOR A NEW TAX RATE UNDER THE PROPERTY TAX EXTENSION LIMITATION LAW FOR THE TOWNSHIP OF AURORA Resolution
Fox Valley Park District 03/20/2018 PROPOSITION TO INCREASE THE LIMITING RATE OF THE FOX VALLEY PARK DISTRICT, KANE, DUPAGE, KENDALL AND WILL COUNTIES, ILLINOIS Public Question
Hampshire Fire Protection District 03/20/2018 PROPOSITION TO CREATE A NEW TAX RATE FOR EMERGENCY AND RESCUE FUND PURPOSES Resolution