Voters reject Burlington Fire Protection District tax

Updated 3/15/2016 10:48 PM

Voters appeared to reject a new tax aimed at replacing aging equipment and balancing operational deficits for the Burlington Fire Protection District, according to incomplete unofficial results Tuesday.

In DeKalb and Kane counties, roughly 56 percent of voters opposed the new tax, which would have cost the owner of a $200,000 house about $96 a year.


Fire Chief Craig Whyte said without the new revenue, the district will have to reduce salaries and eliminate positions, which in turn will affect service.

He said the tax would have generated an additional $101,500 a year for the district and allowed it to offset its $20,000 budget deficit, put away $50,000 for vehicle replacement and put money into a building fund.

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