Kendall asks voters again for funds for 911 system
By Steve Lord firstname.lastname@example.org November 2, 2012 5:06PM
Updated: December 6, 2012 6:13AM
Saving money on electricity and taxes, and paying for emergency communications are topics on the Nov. 6 ballot in Kendall County.
In addition, some individual towns will face other questions.
All Kendall residents will face three questions. One of them asks if the county should impose an additional surcharge of up to 75 cents a month to the existing 75 cents surcharge on the monthly phone bill to improve the county’s 911 system.
This is the second time voters have seen this question — the same referendum failed by a wide margin in March, but the county agreed to put the question on the ballot again.
A second questions asks if the levy of every taxing body in the county should be reduced by 10 percent.
While this is a non-binding referendum, tax protesters who organized the effort to get the question on the ballot are hoping it will make government officials sit up and take notice.
The referendum came out of a summer of meetings and rallies by protesters who think Kendall County property taxes are too high.
The third question asks if the county should have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for residential and small commercial retail customers.
This question, known as electric aggregation, is a way to authorize unincorporated Kendall residents to pool together to bid for competitive electric rates. Many towns already have passed this referendum — and it also will be on the ballot Tuesday for residents of Aurora Township, Naperville Township, LaSalle County and Hinckley, Somonauk and Sandwich.
In a referendum for Yorkville, voters will be asked if they favor the city purchasing the REC Center for $2.5 million, through a 20-year installment at 6 percent a year.