EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County voters will decide 12 ballot issues in the Nov. 8 general election.
The ballot issues include:
Madison County tax levy decrease
Voters will decide a proposal to cut the county’s maximum general fund property tax rate from 0.25 percent to 0.20 percent.
Established through a petition-gathering effort, proponents say an affirmative vote will prevent the county from running excessive annual surpluses. Opponents, including the county prosecutor and sheriff, say the resulting drop in revenue will force the county to cut law enforcement positions.
If the measure passes, the maximum amount of taxes paid for a $100,000 home would decrease from approximately $83 to $66. Based on the county's 10-year average, the decrease would be approximately $7.
Countywide advisory tax referenda
Two advisory referenda, which are not legally binding, will ask Madison County voters if taxing bodies should mail a public hearing notice to taxpayers 30 days prior to adopting a tax increase; and if the state of Illinois should meet its constitutional obligation to provide the primary funding for schools, combined with a permanent property tax reduction for county taxpayers.
School district consolidation
Voters will decide whether to merge East Alton-Wood River High School District, East Alton School District and Wood River-Hartford School District. The consolidated district would be authorized to levy at a rate of 3.5 percent, representing $1,166 for the owner of a $100,000 home.
The same referendum failed by a seven-vote margin in the April 7, 2015, election.
Aviston Elementary School District tax increase
Voters will be asked to increase the district’s maximum annual tax rate for educational purposes from 0.92 percent to 1.37 percent. The maximum annual tax bill for a $100,000 home would increase from $306 to $456.
Cottage Hills Fire Protection District tax levy increase
Voters will be asked to increase the maximum tax rate from 0.3 percent to 0.4 percent, representing an increase of about $33 per year for a $100,000 home. The measure would generate about $12,500 in annual revenue for the fire district.
Edwardsville School District tax rate increase
District residents will decide whether the maximum annual tax rate should increase from 2.15 percent to 2.7 percent, representing an increase from $716 to $900 for a $100,000 home.
Forest Homes-Maple Park Water District dissolution
Voters will decide whether to dissolve the Forest Homes-Maple Park Water District in Cottage Hills.
Fosterburg Fire Protection District special tax levy
The fire district is asking voters to approve a special tax levy of 0.5 percent to provide funds for equipment and personnel expenses. The owner of a $100,000 home would pay approximately $166 per year if the measure passes.
Glen Carbon sales tax increase
Village voters will decide whether to approve an 0.25 percent sales tax to fund infrastructure projects.
Godfrey Fire Protection District tax increase
Voters will determine whether the district can levy a special tax of 0.1 percent for equipment and personnel expenses, representing a cost of $33 for the owner of a $100,000 home.
Troy advisory referendum
Voters will be asked if taxing bodies within the city’s corporate boundaries should seek voter approval before increasing property taxes.
Madison County voters will pick a County Board chairman and state’s attorney.
Incumbent Democratic County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan of Troy is running against Republican Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler of Edwardsville.
Dunstan was elected chairman by the County Board in 2002 and in 2004 became the first chairman elected by voters in a countywide election. Before being elected chairman, he served seven terms on the County Board. In 1978, he became the state’s youngest elected official when he was elected as a Troy alderman at age 21.
Prenzler, a certified public accountant, was elected treasurer in 2010. He is the only Republican who holds a countywide office. He was vice president for acquisitions for the Fireside Group from 1998 to 2004.
Incumbent Democratic State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons of Granite City faces a challenge from Republican Ronald N. Williams of Glen Carbon.
Williams is a U.S. Military Academy graduate who served two tours in Vietnam and retired as a colonel after 32 years in the Army. Williams served 12 years in the county’s public defender’s office.
Gibbons was appointed as state’s attorney in November 2010 to fill the unexpired term of former State’s Attorney William Mudge, now a circuit judge. Gibbons was elected to a four-year term in November 2012. He started working for the State’s Attorney’s Office in 1998.
In contested County Board seats:
District 3: Republican Philip W. Chapman vs. independent Chris Durbin, both of Highland
District 4: Incumbent Democrat Kelly Tracy of Marine vs. Republican David W. Michael of Highland
District 6: Democrat Brad Beck of Godfrey vs. Republican Raymond E. Wesley of Alton
District 13: Democrat Greg M. McCalley vs. Republican James Futrell, both of East Alton
District 15: Democratic incumbent William “Bill” Robertson of Hartford vs. Republican Chris Slusser of Wood River
District 17: Democratic incumbent Ann Gorman vs. Republican Bob Hulme, both of Edwardsville
District 18: Democratic incumbent Jack Minner vs. Republican Fred Schulte, both of Edwardsville
District 19: Democrat Michael Charles Parkinson vs. Republican Kathleen “Kathy” Goclan, both of Granite City
District 26: Democrat Ross Breckenridge vs. Republican Erica Conway Harriss, both of Edwardsville
District 27: Democratic incumbent M. Joe Semanisin vs. Republican Clint Jones, both of Maryville
District 28: Democratic incumbent Elizabeth “Liz” Dalton vs. Republican Harold Lee Wathan Jr., both of Collinsville
Dennis D. Vansandt and Jeff Sedlacek, both of Edwardsville, are running as nonpartisan candidates for trustee of the Holiday Shores Sanitary District.
Ballot issues will be finalized after Aug. 10. Election information is available on the county website.