Voters approve new Algonquin-Lake in the Hills fire tax

  • Voters narrowly approved a tax hike for equipment and emergency crews in the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District.

      Voters narrowly approved a tax hike for equipment and emergency crews in the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District. John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 11/9/2016 12:46 AM

Voters Tuesday narrowly supported a request to raise property taxes for equipment and emergency rescue crews in the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District.

With all precincts reporting in Kane and McHenry counties Tuesday night, 8,987 votes were cast in favor of the tax hike proposal, and 7,667 against it in unofficial tallies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

With the binding referendum, the district will levy a new tax at a rate of 0.1 percent of taxable property value, which will generate between $800,000 and $900,000 in additional revenue. Chief Peter Van Dorpe said that money would help fill a hole in the district's operational budget and capital improvement fund.

Owners of a $200,000 home would pay an additional $65 per year in property taxes. Voters rejected an identical request last spring.

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