Local voters are deciding everything from pension reform to school bonds in today's election

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April 9, 2013

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By Josh Altic

Most of today's local ballot measures are being decided in Illinois, where there are over a hundred propositions waiting for the voters' decision in towns, cities, counties and school districts across the state.

Addison Township in Illinois is requesting that voters authorize switching the responsibility for the pension costs of the local school district from the state of Illinois to the property tax payers of the district. Also waiting the decision of the voters is over $112 million in requested school bond money.

In California, there are only seven measures, three of which are recall elections for the Coastside Fire Protection District in San Mateo County. The remaining four measures deal with parcel taxes, business taxes and utility taxes in different cities of Los Angeles county.

Florida's election features six ballot measures across three counties. Four measures are city charter amendments dealing with term limits and city governance. One measure seeks to authorize an electric franchise and the remaining measure asks Defuniak Springs voters if they want to abolish the right of the Mayor to decide tie votes in city council meetings.

Below is a break down of the elections:

California

California
There are seven measures, three of which are recall votes. The other four measures deal with parcel taxes, business taxes and utility taxes in different cities of Los Angeles county:

See full election coverage here.

Florida

Florida
Only 6 measures are being decided in this election.
  • 4 charter amendments dealing with term limits and city governance
  • 1 electrical franchise permission measure
  • 1 measure changing the power of a city Mayor to vote in certain council meeting situations

Below is a list of articles giving details about each measure:

See full election coverage here.

Illinois

Illinois
There are well over a hundred measures on the ballots in Illinois elections. One measure looks for pension reform to make the local school district pension costs independent of the state. Other measures feature over $112 million in requested bond money and many school tax measures. Four video gambling measures and one measure prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages will also be decided.

Notable measures:

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