Advisory Questions on DuPage County Ballot on November 6

DuPage County Seal LogoThe DuPage County Board is seeking your input this November on three advisory questions that will be on the ballot in DuPage County on November 6, 2018.

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin has said about the questions: “I want to give DuPage County voters a chance to voice their opinion on issues, and then when I am armed with that information, it helps me influence the direction of the legislature,” Cronin said.

Your answers to these questions about a proposed property tax increase, a new Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT), and consolidating layers of government help the County Board represent you and influence what the DuPage County Board chairman advocates for in Springfield.

  • “Shall DuPage County oppose the General Assembly instituting a property tax increase equivalent to 1% of your home’s value to help retire state debt?”
  • “Shall DuPage County oppose the creation of a statewide Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT) which would tax DuPage County citizens based upon the number of miles driven annually?”
  • “Shall DuPage County continue to dissolve and consolidate units of local government to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and increase accountability?”


Kevin Wiley explains the ballot questions:

There will be three referendums on the ballot this fall and as I talk about it with our voters it appears the wording might be a little confusing so let me rephrase for simplicity:

Should DuPage County oppose a 1% property tax increase?

1. “Shall DuPage County oppose the General Assembly instituting a property tax increase equivalent to 1% of your home’s value to help retire state debt?”

Vote “Yes” if you want DuPage County to oppose a proposed INCREASE to your property tax.

The proposed increase is 1% of the market value of your home or if your home is worth $300,000 your property tax would “INCREASE” by $3,000.


 

Should DuPage County oppose a vehicle miles driven tax?

2. “Shall DuPage County oppose the creation of a statewide Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT) which would tax DuPage County citizens based upon the number of miles driven annually?”

Vote “Yes” if you want DuPage County to oppose the introduction of a Vehicle Mileage Tax.

This is a “New” proposed tax based on the mileage you drive and is a disproportionate burden on the suburbs who drive more than other communities.


 

3. “Shall DuPage County continue to dissolve and consolidate units of local government to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and increase accountability?”

Vote “Yes” if you want DuPage County to consolidate or eliminate redundant units of government services.

DuPage County collects just under $2.8 billion in Property Taxes each year and disperses this out to 400 independent units of government across the County. Consolidation is an opportunity to rethink how your government is structured.

We need to be as efficient with these resources as possible and stop duplication of efforts. We need to consolidate work around whoever can deliver the best service at the lowest cost. Whether through Intergovernmental Agreements or actual consolidation, we need to be better stewards of the public’s resources.


DuPage County represents roughly 2% of your property tax bill and we are proud to have kept that portion of your bill flat for the last 10-years. We are seeking ways to continue and extend that success to the other 98% of your property tax bill.


 

DuPage County Ballot Questions November 2018

DuPage County voters will be able to offer their opinions on a state property tax hike, a state vehicle mileage tax and whether there should be more government consolidation via three questions on the November election ballot.

 

Here is an original story about this the advisory questions as printed in the Naperville Sun:

DuPage County Board wants voter opinion on state property and mileage taxes, government consolidation

The DuPage County Board Tuesday unanimously approved three non-binding referendums that will provide public feedback on tax-related issues, a county news release said.

Ballot Questions in DuPage County

Questions approved are:

  • “Shall DuPage County oppose the General Assembly instituting a property tax increase equivalent to 1% of your home’s value to help retire state debt?”
  • “Shall DuPage County oppose the creation of a statewide Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT) which would tax DuPage County citizens based upon the number of miles driven annually?”
  • “Shall DuPage County continue to dissolve and consolidate units of local government to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and increase accountability?”

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said the statewide property tax question comes after economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago earlier this year suggested tacking a 1 percent statewide residential property tax onto homeowners’ bills would help pay the state’s unfunded pension obligations.

The tax would be “devastating,” Cronin said. “I’m very much opposed to it, but I want to give the voters a chance to weigh in on it.”

Voters’ stance on the topic will influence what the DuPage County Board chairman advocates for in Springfield.

“It gives me more leverage when I go down to the legislature and say look at this. They’re opposed to a 1 percent property tax hike to pay off pensions,” Cronin said. “Vehicle mile tax is the same thing, give people a chance to weigh in on it.”

Cronin said he hopes the ballot questions spur discussion among DuPage County voters, and compel residents to figure out what each of the taxes would mean for them.

“I want to give DuPage County voters a chance to voice their opinion on issues, and then when I am armed with that information, it helps me influence the direction of the legislature,” Cronin said.

When it comes to the question on consolidation, something he refers to as part of the county’s “brand,” Cronin said he wants to make sure DuPage County officials are still in line with what residents support.

“All of these are very very important priorities to me at the county level,” Cronin said. “We’ll get guidance from the voters and capture their sentiment and take that down to Springfield.”

In a recent referendum question on consolidation, a majority of DuPage County voters in the March election approved a referendum question asking if the DuPage County clerk’s office should take over the duties of the county’s election commission. The Illinois General Assembly approved the consolidation in the spring, and Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill to dissolve the election commission and move its responsibilities to the clerk’s office in July.

The general election is scheduled for Nov. 6.

This story originally appeared in the Naperville Sun:


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