“This is further proof that Illinoisans are fed up with the relentless ‘tax-and-spend’ attitude that permeates all levels of government here,” said AFP-Illinois State Director David From. “With the nation’s second-highest property taxes and the second-highest unemployment rate, elected officials must recognize that taxpayers want government spending reform not perpetually higher taxes.”
Of the 117 tax-related referenda, AFP-IL focused on 35 via the Local Anti-Tax Initiative. In some cases, particular referenda were targeted because local activists proactively engaged the chapter on their referenda and in other cases a question was chosen because it appeared particularly harmful to the economic well-being of local residents.
After the ballots were counted, voters rejected 58% of all tax-related referenda, including 71% of those which comprised the focus of the Local Anti-Tax Initiative. Referenda opposed included nearly $70 million in bonds, a property tax which would’ve amounted to over $13 million annually and 30 sales tax questions.
Additionally, communities around the state eliminated one township, dissolved a water district, rejected a new unit of government, rejected an anti-fracking referendum, and urged the General Assembly to place a moratorium on property taxes & rejected home rule.