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Bradley voters reject tax increases

November 7, 2018

BRADLEY — Bradley voters spoke loud and clear when it came to questions of raising their taxes.

The answer is no.

On Tuesday, Bradley voters rejected three advisory referendums which were placed on the ballot by village Trustee Mike Watson.

By a vote of 4,453 to 447, voters overwhelming said they had no interest in raising their utility taxes and by a nearly equally large margin, 4,381 to 511, they rejected the question of an increase to the telecommunications tax.

In essence, nine out of every 10 votes cast regarding these two questions were in opposition.

Regarding the question of instituting a 1 percent increase in the sales tax in exchange for eliminating the village’s portion of property taxes, voters also withheld their support.

The margin on the sales tax question was much closer, but still overwhelming negative. This question was defeated by a 2,774 to 2,078 margin. The result meant 57 percent of the voters were against this option.

In July, Kankakee had its sales tax rate increased from 6.25 percent to 8.25 percent in an effort to increase revenues to fund police and fire pension accounts.

City officials stated if projections are correct, property taxes would be lowered to offer some relief to residents in exchange for the higher sales tax.

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