FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
AFP-ILLINOIS DEFEATS LOCAL TAX & DEBT INCREASES AT BALLOT BOX
Local Anti-Tax Initiative wins 71% of targeted local referenda
NAPERVILLE- Yesterday, AFP- Illinois fulfilled its mission of promoting greater economic freedom by assisting activists in defeating tax or debt increases in 25 of 35 local referenda across Illinois as part of its Local Anti-Tax Initiative. Overall, Illinois voters were faced with 117 referenda which sought to increase local taxes or debt.
“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.
Through this program, AFP-IL educates taxpayers in communities where such referenda were proposed. In the lead-up to yesterday’s election, AFP-IL communicated with voters via both grassroots activity and paid communications including mail and automated phonecalls. 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 a township, dissolved a water district, rejected a new unit of government, rejected an anti-fracking referendum, supported term limits (2), urged the General Assembly to place a moratorium on property taxes & rejected home rule (3).