Sauk Village Water Change Referendum (March 2012)

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A Sauk Village Water Change Referendum was on the March 20, 2012 ballot in the village of Sauk which is in Cook County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 736 (52.53%)Approveda
  • NO 665 (47.47%)[1]

This measure sought to increase the current village water usage fee in order to use Lake Michigan water instead of the current wells in the village.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall the Village of Sauk Village upgrade its municipal water system to provide Lake Michigan water and abandon all current wells for an estimated cost of Nineteen Million Seven Hundred Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($19,700,000), which will increase your water rate by an estimated $6.87 per 1,000 gallons of water use and will increase your monthly water bill by approximately $73.00 per month for an average household? For example, a current water bill of $141 every other month will now be $287 ($141 + $146 = $287). The project is expected to be completed by December 2016.[3]


  1. Cook County Clerk, March Election Results
  2. Cook County Elections, March referendum List
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.