ELECTION 2014: Illinois locales to decide on revenue for roads

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 10/6/2014

Voters in communities around the state of Illinois will make decisions next month on whether to chip in more to pay for needed road work.

On Nov. 4, voters in two communities in Calhoun County will decide whether to raise revenue for road work through taxes.

In Pennfield Charter Township, voters will decide whether to approve a $5 million tax bond for road maintenance and improvement. If approved, the mill rate would be set at 2.72 mills.

The mill rate is the rate at which property taxes are determined. Every person who owns real estate is required to pay property taxes.

Sheridan Township voters will decide whether to increase the tax rate by 1 mill for five years to pay for road work. It is estimated to raise $45,730 in the first year.

Elsewhere, localities in multiple counties will include questions to authorize townships to increase property tax rates for equalized assessed valuation to benefit roads. They include:

  • Boynton Township (Tazewell County): whether to increase the limiting rate by an additional amount equal to 0.36477 percent for the levy year 2014 and equal to .73227 percent of the equalized assessed value of taxable property through 2017.
  • Springlake Township (Tazewell County): whether to increase the limiting rate by an additional amount equal to 0.08249 percent for the levy year 2014 and equal to 0.63451 percent for the equalized assessed value through 2017.
  • Irishtown Township (Clinton County): whether to increase the tax rate to as much as 0.167 percent of the property’s value.
  • Thompson Township (Jo Daviess County): whether to increase the limiting rate by an additional amount equal to 0.8555 percent above the limiting rate for bridge repair and equal to 0.6355 percent of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property.
  • Leaf River Township (Ogle County): whether to increase the limiting rate from 0.165 percent to as much as 0.33 percent.


Voters in the DuPage County village of Villa Park will decide whether to issue $23 million in bonds to pay for street improvements.

Another bond question will be included on ballots in Chemung Township. Voters in the McHenry County locale will decide whether to issue $1.25 million in bonds for resurfacing and repairing roads.

In Kendall and Kane counties, ballots in the village of Montgomery will include a question about adding a 1 percent sales tax to maintain and improve roads and public infrastructure.

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