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SG and ECC referenda pass, 3 others fail

The Spring Grove Fire Protection District’s efforts to fund equipment upgrades and increase staff levels soon will come to fruition.

According to unofficial results, residents voted, 769 to 759, to support a 9-cent property tax rate increase for the fire district, which will fund the projects. It was the second time a property tax rate increase was on the ballot for the fire district’s residents in the past year. The first effort, which was 3 cents less but for the same projects, failed in the February 2008 election.

“It’s still tough economic times for people ... but we just couldn’t go forever,” said Rich Tobiasz, Spring Grove fire chief.

The increase will mean about $90 more a year in property taxes for the owner of a $300,000 home.

The Elgin Community College district referendum passed by only 29 votes, with 19,456 in favor and 19,427 against it. The $178 million referendum is slated to pay for campus upgrades and renovations.

The three other referendums in McHenry County lost Tuesday.

Among them was a Nunda Township referendum that would have allowed the township to borrow $15 million to buy open space for groundwater preservation.

The measure failed with 2,465 no votes to 1,705 yes votes, according to unofficial results.

District 26 residents turned down a referendum that asked voters to approve a $17 million bond issue. The money was slated to help pay for capital improvements and improve the district’s finances.

Unofficial results show that the proposal failed with 1,802 no votes to 941 yes votes.

Also, voters in school District 165 voted against a 48-cent property tax rate increase. Officials said it would have helped prevent further education cuts and relieve debt.

The measure failed with 1,374 no votes to the 853 yes votes, according to unofficial results.


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