NTUI Working With Taxpayers to Defeat Four Home Rule Referenda
Illinois’ largest taxpayer organization is working with taxpayers in four Illinois municipalities to defeat Home Rule referenda on February 2, 2010, according to Jim Tobin, president of National Taxpayers United of Illinois (NTUI).
“Home Rule referenda will appear on the ballot in the February 2nd, 2010 primary election in four municipalities across Illinois: Hometown, Midlothian, Ina, and Sammons Point. If passed, Home Rule will allow municipalities in these communities to raise property taxes—and any other taxes—without voter approval,” said Tobin. “Home Rule legislation would also exempt these areas from the 5% property tax cap currently in place in Illinois and leave taxpayers vulnerable to the implementation of new taxes and fees.”
“The only reason politicians want Home Rule power is so they can raise taxes without a vote,” said Tobin. “Let me put it bluntly: If Home Rule is established, politicians will raise local property taxes, sales taxes, gasoline taxes and any other taxes and fees they can think of.”
“Tax-hungry politicians and government employees are trying to pass these referenda during the primary when voter turnout is expected to be low. If only 10% of the people in each municipality vote, government employees can pass these measures all by themselves.”
“NTUI is dedicated to defeating these referenda by raising awareness of the dangers of Home Rule,” said Tobin. “Our organization has developed a flyer for distribution in the affected towns to educate citizens of the consequences of adopting this measure. Flyers have been sent to our members in these towns and are also available for download on our website, www.NTUI.org.”