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Voters answer referendum questions

Cherry voters: OK to deactivate and send students to Dimmick

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:07 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:28 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Bureau County voters in four communities had an opportunity to say yes or no to a referendum question on their primary ballot in Tuesday's election.

Three questions proposed tax increases and the other proposed deactivating a school district.

Tuesday evening's results currently stand as unofficial, as there are a total of 35 absentee ballots that may weigh the outcome in one community. Bureau County Clerk Kami Hieronymus confirmed on Wednesday that final results will be available within the next 10-14 days.

Here are the tallies, thus far:

Spring Valley

Residents were asked whether or not the city of Spring Valley should levy an additional Retailer's Occupation Tax at a rate of .5 percent for expenditures on items such as municipal operations, public infrastructure and other property tax relief. The majority of voters said no to this proposition. Tuesday's final count, with seven precincts voting, showed 327 votes against and 257 votes for the tax hike.

Arlington

Residents were asked whether or not the village of Arlington should be authorized, on a permanent basis, to levy annually for general corporation purposes of no more than .4375 percent of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein extended … The majority of voters said yes to this proposition. Tuesday's final count, with only one precinct voting, showed 25 votes for and 13 votes against the tax raise.

Cherry

Residents were asked to vote on whether or not the Cherry Grade School Board of Education be authorized to deactivate the school facility and send pupils to Dimmick Community Consolidated School District in LaSalle County. The majority of voters said yes to this proposition. Tuesday's final count, with four precincts voting, showed 242 yes votes and 14 no votes.

Tiskilwa

Residents in the Tiskilwa Rural Fire Protection District were asked to vote whether or not the maximum allowable tax rate for the fire district be increased from .30 percent to .40 percent of the value of all taxable property. Voters in both Bureau and Putnam counties saw this proposition on their ballots. The majority of voters in both counties said yes to the referendum. In Bureau County, six precincts voted with 168 saying yes and 139 saying no. In Putnam County, only one precinct voted with 44 saying yes and 18 saying no.

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