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Will County referendums get mixed results

Published: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 10:13 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 11:19 p.m. CDT

Referendums calling for term limits and tax limits proved popular, while those seeking tax hikes got mixed results Tuesday in Will County.

The referendums covered tax increases, bond issuance, limiting mayoral terms and asking voters to require government bodies to receive their approval before increasing tax levies.

• The Frankfort Square Park District's referendum was leading by a vote of 423 to 348 with 4 of 12 precincts reporting. The referendum proposed issuing $3.5 million in bonds, increasing property taxes by $40 per year on a $250,000 home.

• The White Oak Library District's referendum failed 9,032 to 4,717. The referendum asked residents to increase the limiting tax rate from 0.1995 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to 0.23 cents.

• A Homer Township advisory referendum proposed by Will County Board member Steve Balich, R-Homer Glen, was approved 8,131 to 1,234. Balich's referendum asked voters to require government bodies to seek voter approval for any tax levy increases.

• A Homer Glen village term limits referendum was approved 5,560 to 700. Voters were asked whether to impose a limit of two four-year terms for the mayor position.

• The Taft School District 90 referendum to increase taxes to help offset a decline in equalized assessed value was defeated by a vote of 463 to 394.

• The Northwest Homer Fire Protection District's referendum asking for a tax increase to fund needed repairs to its aging stations was approved 1,932 to 1,870.

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