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Village of Pingree Grove Approves Police Protection Referendum Request
Last evening (December 2, 2019), the Village of Pingree Grove Board of Trustees unanimously approved an ordinance that initiates a public referendum for the March 17, 2020 Primary Election. The referendum will request that Village residents approve a local property tax for the limited and specific purpose of providing funding for police protection throughout the Village.
Property taxes are unpopular for obvious reasons—and referenda asking to increase property taxes are similarly unpopular. Our Board understands that. Every member of our Board is a Village resident who pays property taxes just like you. But our Board has spent months poring over the Village’s finances and looking at our short-term and long-term obligations, and unanimously concluded that we are at a point where we have to confront this issue.
Over the coming weeks and months, the Village will work to provide factual information to residents through a variety of means. As a public body, the Village cannot advocate on behalf of a political question. However, we can explain the Village’s current financial situation, as well as the various outcomes that the Village’s residents can choose between when they determine if they should support the referendum or not. We understand that the Village and our residents exist in an era of social media, and we know that there will be the potential for some to spread misinformation, criticism or anger. We are hopeful that residents understand that our information, and our responses to public inquiries, will strictly adhere to our policy of providing factual information only. We understand that everyone’s normal, reflexive response to property taxes is to say No! We get it. We pay taxes too.
Here’s what we ask. We ask that you listen, and consider the information we are presenting. We ask that you come to an informed conclusion. We know that there are many questions Village residents have about taxes—about SSAs and a host of related issues. We are going to work hard to answer those questions.
Here is some preliminary, factual information for our residents:
We know that residents’ first question will be cost. Based on data from the US Census Bureau, the impact on the median household in Pingree Grove will be roughly a dollar a day—or potentially even less. In the coming weeks, we will share information and work to address common resident misconceptions about your property taxes. The first update will come later this week, where we will walk through Your Tax Bill and the Village.
The updates will be posted each week on the Village's Facebook and Instagram accounts, and on a designated page on the Village's website: Pingree Grove SAFE. Again, we know that property taxes are unpopular, but we believe that if residents understand the Village's approach to building a sustainable budget for the future, they will understand why our Board had to bring this question to our residents.