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Balich pushed Homer Township Property Tax Referendum Passes by 87%

Homer area referendums seek voter approval, term limits, tax increase
Published: Saturday, March 12, 2016 10:36 p.m. CDT

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By FELIX SARVER – fsarver@shawmedia.com
HOMER TOWNSHIP – A referendum in Homer Township is seeking to require all taxing bodies in the area to receive voter approval by referendum before increasing taxes.

The referendum is being proposed by Will County Board member Steve Balich, R-Homer Glen, who said the proposal would be nonbinding.

However, one way he would “make it binding” is to publicize the names of elected officials who vote to raise taxes without going to referendum.

Balich said he would make it known those officials “defied the express will of the people.”

“It’s very important for the taxpayers – that includes businesses and the renters – to make their voice heard and vote yes to this referendum,” he said.

Balich’s referendum is one of three being proposed in the Homer area. The village of Homer Glen and the Northwest Homer Fire Protection District have also proposed their own referendums. Homer Glen Mayor George Yukich wants to limit the terms of his office and the Northwest Homer fire officials want to increase taxes to replace aging equipment and parts.

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Balich said every year he visits local government boards and tells them not to raise taxes to no avail.

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