Email
IASB News

Referendum, Tax Questions Results from March 17

  • Date Posted
    March 20, 2020
  • Category
    News

Preliminary voting results posted on county election websites indicate that a majority of school finance questions passed on March 17. Unofficial results from the general primary election show voters approved 16 of 21 building bond requests, one of two county sales tax plans, and one of four tax rate increases.

A district tax increase was approved in Fox Lake Grade School District 114. Tax measures failed in Oswego CUSD 308, Peotone CUSD 207U, and Quincy SD 172.

The 16 school district building bond issues that were approved include

  • Barrington CUSD 220, $171 millionBeach Park CCSD 3, $23 million
  • Berkeley SD 87, $105 million
  • Elmwood Park CUSD 401, $55 million
  • El Paso Gridley CUSD 11, $20 million
  • Glenview CCSD 34 passed $114 million.
  • Greenview CUSD 200, $3.5 million
  • Lake Villa CCSD 41, $30.7 million
  • LeRoy CUSD 2, $8.3 million
  • Komarek SD 94, $20.8 million
  • Maroa-Forsyth CUSD 2, $33 million
  • Reavis THSD 220, $45 million
  • Rosemont ESD 78, $40 million
  • Schiller Park SD 81, $30 million
  • School District 45, DuPage County, $30 million
  • Williamsville CUSD 15, $40 million

Five bond issues were defeated:

  • East Dubuque Unit SD 119, $10.5 million
  • Illini Central CUSD 189, $4 million
  • Illini West HSD 307, $17 million
  • New Berlin CUSD 16, $39.5 million
  • Patoka CUSD 100, $6.18 million

One countywide sales tax increase proposal in Vermilion County failed, while the proposal was successful in Marion County. To date, 57 counties have adopted a sales tax to benefit school facilities (see map above).

Two non-binding advisory questions in Knoxville CUSD 220 failed. One was about out-of-district tuition for children of district teachers, while the other would have approved installation of artificial turf for a football field. Voters in McHenry County approved the advisory question, “Should the McHenry County Board pursue a new structure of the office of McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Schools, or enter into an agreement with another Regional Office of Education to share its services”.

County School Facilities Sales Tax Stifel 20