Election Brings Mixed Referendum, Tax Results

  • Date Posted
    November 12, 2020
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Preliminary voting results from county election websites indicate a mixed response to school finance and tax questions placed on the November 3 ballot. Unofficial results show voters approved three of four building bond requests and no tax rate increases.

The three building bond issues approved include
  • Gower SD 62, $14.95 million, to build and equip additions to two existing school buildings, including a new full-size gymnasium and STEM lab space.
  • Itasca SD 10, $28.98 million, to update and equip three buildings in the district.
  • Winfield SD 34, $4.7 million, to improve security and building and maintenance to two existing school buildings.
Voters in Pennoyer SD 79 voted down a measure that would provide $10.9 million in funds to build and equip an addition to an existing school building.
Tax rate increase measures failed in both Lemont-Bromberek SD 113A and Meridian CUSD 223 (Stillman Valley).

Voters in both Tuscola CUSD 301 and Polo CUSD 222 approved a measure to change to electing school board members at-large, instead of by congressional township.

A nonbinding referendum in Proviso THSD 209, “Should the City of Northlake assist with efforts to detach that portion of Northlake lying south of North Avenue from Proviso Township High School District 209 so that the entire City will be in the same high school district?” passed. Also approved by voters was a nonbinding referendum in Richland Co CUSD 1, "Should the Richland County Community Unit #1 school district adopt a policy permitting homeschooling students residing within Richland County to participate in the district's extracurricular activities?”.