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Residents to Vote on Tax Hike for New Lenox Fire Protection District

A referendum on the March 18 ballot seeks more tax money for the New Lenox Fire Protection District.

A referendum on the March 18 ballot will ask residents to sign off on a tax increase to cover new equipment and operational costs for the New Lenox Fire Protection District. 

For the first time in 25 years, the NLFPD has turned to a referendum, which if approved, would increase property taxes on a $200,000 home by an estimated $86 annually, or $7 per month. 

Fire officials cited a steady increase in the number of calls for service as well as outdated equipment as reasons for the boost. The NLFPD tax rate is currently .36, and if approved, would be .489. The population has more than doubled, and along with it, the call volume at a rate of 15 percent each year. New equipment would ensure firefighters' safety and whittle down response times, officials said. 

The fire protection district includes portions of Mokena, Homer Township and Manhattan Township. The district is financed entirely through property taxes.

Bill Miller March 17, 2014 at 08:51 PM
Hey Nick how about answering my questions if you are for the tax increase? if the number of residents have doubled then the amount of households paying taxes also doubled where did the money go? My tax bill for the district has increased by 38% in 10 years where did the money go? Where is the money from Walmart Target Lowes White Castle Culvers etc...
Lenny Kravitz March 17, 2014 at 09:38 PM
Anybody ever see those quarter-million dollar fire trucks that 4 firemen drive to Berkots ? Well, they wear-out with all the red box runs and food runs, so we have to replace them. If Village Hall and the Police Dept have gold-plated toilets, why shouldn't the firemen?
Delaware Anarchist March 18, 2014 at 12:54 AM
END COPORATE WELFARE WANT NEW REVENUE: Impose a ( Gross Profit ) 2.5 percent tax increase on the Electric and Gas companies since most have earned Billions in record profits after infastructure improvements, institute a mandate that they must certify an additional 2.5 percent of Gross Profits are to be allocated to future improvements in the Municipallity, and a 4yr rate increase moratorium. The cable companies are RICH... 10 percent flat tax per household against the carriers to be paid to the Municipally with no rate increases or user fees to be paid by the homeowners, and a freeze on rates for 2yrs. A 30 percent fine of the yearly tax for Vacant Buildings per month occupied by Large bussiness who've priimarly driven taxed up on homeowners under the guise of improving the community. Fine begin after 240 days of vacancy. 20 percent of the yearly tax penality per month after 180 days of vacancy to be applied against private owners who rent commercial properties and refuse to fill them inorder to take a tax deduction as a loss. 30 PERCENT PENALITY APPLIES TO COMMERCIAL PROPERTY REALATORS THAT OWN LEASING PROPERTIES AFTER 180 DAYS OF VACANCY. ALL CORPORATIONS SHALL PAY EQUAL ASSEMENT VALUE TAXES AS HOME OWNERS.
Lenny Kravitz March 18, 2014 at 09:07 AM
Get out and vote, because every fireman and their families will always support the bloated budgets and graft.
Tom March 18, 2014 at 02:23 PM
Hey "Lenny" if you don't agree with it, and you have yours reasons then that's fine. But stop being an Ass. Our Firefighters have Honor unlike you. Grow Up!

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