Southland voters to weigh in on referendums March 18
By Susan DeMar Lafferty firstname.lastname@example.org February 21, 2014 5:00PM
Updated: February 23, 2014 2:13AM
Term limits and tax increases will be among the referendums before voters across the Southland on the March 18 primary ballot.
Here’s a rundown on the questions that will be asked of voters, as they also go to the polls to select legislative candidates.
The village of Oak Lawn will ask its residents if the mayor, clerk and village trustees should be limited to three consecutive four-year terms, beginning with the April 2015 election.
Unincorporated Palos Township will seek permission to supply electricity for residential and small commercial customers who have not opted out of the program.
Sauk Village wants voter approval to add a $2 monthly surcharge on each telephone bill for the purpose of improving the 911 emergency telephone system.
The village of South Chicago Heights wants to issue bonds not to exceed $2.5 million for the purpose of constructing a public safety facility and village police department.
The Steger-South Chicago Heights Public Library wants to increase its property tax rate an additional 0.172 percent and raise it to 0.39 percent of the equalized assessed valuation, which would give it an additional $215,000 every year, and cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $48 more per year.
The New Lenox Community Park District will ask voters if it can keep its current tax rate of 0.29 cents per $100 of EAV. In 2014, the district will pay off bonds for construction of the Sanctuary Golf Course and could reduce the tax rate by the 0.06 cents it now collects to pay off that debt. If voters allow the park district to keep the 0.06 cents, the money would be used to improve and develop more parks but cannot be used for park district salaries and operations.
The New Lenox Fire Protection District wants to increase its tax rate from 36 cents to 48.9 cents per $100 of EAV to be able to maintain its current level of services, offer competitive salaries, replace equipment and keep up with the growth in the community, Trustee Joe Levey said. It would cost the owner of a $200,000 home an additional $86 per year.
The Homer Township Fire Protection District needs voter approval to issue $4.7 million in bonds to repair, improve and equip existing facilities and purchase vehicles and firefighting equipment. The bonds would cost the owner of a $300,000 home about $65 more per year over a 15-year period, according to the district’s website.
Wilton Township wants to increase taxes to improve its roads.