Village of Lemont Referendum Questions
On the April 2, 2019, Consolidated Election ballot, the residents of the Village of Lemont will have the opportunity to answer three questions, one of which is a binding referendum and two non-binding referendum questions. A Town Hall meeting will be held on Thursday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m., at the Village Hall, 418 Main Street, Village Board Room, to present and discuss these questions with residents.
As we prepare for our fiscal year 2020 budget, we are again faced with over a million-dollar shortfall, causing another year of deferring our capital obligations if no replacement revenue is secured.
In identifying options to obtain the needed revenue streams to fund our capital projects, the Village Board has chosen to propose the question of adding a non-home rule sales tax of 1% on most purchases within the Village, excluding medicine and groceries. This 1% sales tax referendum question will be on the April 2, 2019, Consolidated Election ballot. This option, should it pass, would be the consistent and reliable revenue stream needed to adequately fund our capital needs, and would solely be devoted to those needs.
Because our sales tax would be shared by those outside of Lemont shopping in Lemont, our residents would not bear the entire tax burden of the 1% increase. We estimate that approximately 50% of the tax burden would be from citizens outside of Lemont.
More detailed information will be provided at the March 7th Town Hall meeting, along with what options the Village Board could consider should this referendum question not pass on April 2, 2019.
General information on the non-home rule 1% sales tax is currently available on the Village’s website at www.lemont.il.us/2019Referendum. General questions regarding the 1% sales tax referendum can be directed to Village Administration at 630-257-1590 or email@example.com.