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Edward Andrysiak July 22, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Without a lot of research, most people do not know what the implications really are. I believeRead Morethere are two ways to achieve Home rule...one is by citizens vote and the other is by growth to a certain population. Some years ago Lemont asked it's residents to vote in Home Rule. With that came a flurry of comment for and against. What I did not like was that it gave the village the option of tacking on a Transaction Tax on the sale of real-estate. So I voted no! The Village Administration, at that time did bring in a knowledgeable unbiased person who made a presentation at village hall and took questions from residents. The Vote was NO in the end. maybe a simple way to think of home rule is that if you like and trust the decision making of your elected Officials you might TRUST them with the powers of HOME RULE. Those in office now and those to come after them...careful what you wish for. It's not an easy decision.
Joe Mann July 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Good points Ed. The potential downside of Home Rule is too great. So the answer is easy. No.
Mike Derucki July 22, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Ed, I do recall they voted it down about 15 years ago but it might be worth revisiting. I wouldRead Moreli ke to think the Village is more trustworthy than this state has been. Once your village or township hits 25,000 in population, you automatically become home rule. We're at about 16,000 as of four years ago so I don't think we'll have much choice in the near future. The main reason though I think it's relevant is the Sports Complex. It's my understanding that our village would keep more from all the non-residents coming (ability to tax), alleviating our burden. I know about 75% of Illinois lives in Home Rule communities. I would like to hear more from knowledgeable, unbiased people though.
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