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updated: 3/18/2014 9:58 PM

Voters reject road-repair plan in Fox Lake

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Fox Lake voters on Tuesday rejected a plan to raise taxes for local road repairs.

With ballots in all 13 precincts counted late Tuesday, unofficial totals showed 509 voters punched "no" while 444 favored the proposal.

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The Fox Lake village board decided in November to ask voters to raise taxes to fund a $6 million construction bond for the purpose of repairing 23 miles of roads.

If the measure had been approved, officials said, the village would have added $2 million to the road repair fund for a total of $8 million earmarked to fix roads in the village.

The owner of a $150,000 home would have paid an additional $86 in property taxes annually if the referendum had been approved Tuesday.

However, voters expressed displeasure that the village was seeking to raise taxes after approving a large water rate tax hike in October.

That rate hike nearly doubled the cost homeowners were paying for water each month.

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