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In Kane County, [[Illinois]] citizens collected over 144 signatures to fight the absorption of Wasco Sanitary District into Campton Hills in October 2007.  A lawsuit has also been filed claiming that 95 acres of the district were unincorporated which leaves the district outside of Campton Hills.<ref>[http://www.kcchronicle.com/articles/2007/10/16/news/local/doc47148c61a1666721078433.txt ''Citizens petition village for separation'', Kane County Chronicle, Oct. 16, 2007]</ref> If the lawsuit succeeds then citizens will stop the petition.
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Illinois mandates school districts to hold elections issuing bonding for new construction and capital improvements, exceeding the property tax cap, or create a working cash fund. Since 2006, Illinois has had referendums over the property tax cap which is governed under the Illinois Property Tax Cap Act of 2006 which requires voter approval if a school district wants to exceed their property tax cap for up to four years. The other type of referendum is a Chapter 20 referendum. Under Chapter 20, a school district must have voter approval if the voters petition a school district to create a working cash fund to pay liabilities. Only school districts that serve a city, town, or village less than 500,000 in population can hold a Chapter 20 referendum.
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In multiple areas in Illinois, local ballots have an advisory question about Pension reforms at the state level for public employees. Though the State General Assembly sees it as a much larger issue that cannot be easily fixed by a simple ballot question, especially one which has no power. The pension fund has suffered greatly due tot he recession and has become expensive to maintain. Lawmakers have proposed the idea of a bill to reform the system already, but outsiders feel that it still would not address the many flaws of the system. Similar measures to change how municipal pensions are funded was passed, but one addressing fire and police officers was not able to get through. Though members of both are hoping for positive results on the advisory question, hoping that the State government will get the picture that residents do what a comprehensive reform of the system to be undertaken.<ref>[http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/election/x549828132/Pension-issue-larger-than-referendum ''My Suburban Life'', "Pension issue larger than referendum," October 14, 2010]</ref>
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* [[February 26, 2013 ballot measures in Illinois|February 26]] ● [[April 9, 2013 ballot measures in Illinois|April 9]]
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* [[November 6, 2012 ballot measures in Illinois|November 6]] ● [[March 20, 2012 ballot measures in Illinois|March 20]]
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* [[February 22, 2011 ballot measures in Illinois|February 22]] • [[April 5, 2011 ballot measures in Illinois|April 5]] • [[November 8, 2011 ballot measures in Illinois|November 8]]
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* [[February 2, 2010 ballot measures in Illinois|February 2]] • [[November 2, 2010 ballot measures in Illinois|November 2]]
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* [[April 7, 2009 ballot measures in Illinois|April 7]]
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[[Adams County, Illinois ballot measures|Adams]] • [[Alexander County, Illinois ballot measures|Alexander]] • [[Bond County, Illinois ballot measures|Bond]] • [[Boone County, Illinois ballot measures|Boone]] • [[Brown County, Illinois ballot measures|Brown]] • [[Bureau County, Illinois ballot measures|Bureau]] • [[Calhoun County, Illinois ballot measures|Calhoun]] • [[Carroll County, Illinois ballot measures|Carroll]] • [[Cass County, Illinois ballot measures|Cass]] • [[Champaign County, Illinois ballot measures|Champaign]] • [[Christian County, Illinois ballot measures|Christian]] • [[Clark County, Illinois ballot measures|Clark]] • [[Clay County, Illinois ballot measures|Clay]] • [[Clinton County, Illinois ballot measures|Clinton]] • [[Coles County, Illinois ballot measures|Coles]] • [[Cook County, Illinois ballot measures|Cook]] • [[Crawford County, Illinois ballot measures|Crawford]] • [[Cumberland County, Illinois ballot measures|Cumberland]] • [[DeKalb County, Illinois ballot measures|DeKalb]] • [[DeWitt County, Illinois ballot measures|DeWitt]] • [[Douglas County, Illinois ballot measures|Douglas]] • [[DuPage County, Illinois ballot measures|DuPage]] • [[Edgar County, Illinois ballot measures|Edgar]] • [[Edwards County, Illinois ballot measures|Edwards]] • [[Effingham County, Illinois ballot measures|Effingham]] • [[Fayette County, Illinois ballot measures|Fayette]] • [[Ford County, Illinois ballot measures|Ford]] • [[Franklin County, Illinois ballot measures|Franklin]] • [[Fulton County, Illinois ballot measures|Fulton]] • [[Gallatin County, Illinois ballot measures|Gallatin]] • [[Greene County, Illinois ballot measures|Greene]] • [[Grundy County, Illinois ballot measures|Grundy]] • [[Hamilton County, Illinois ballot measures|Hamilton]] • [[Hancock County, Illinois ballot measures|Hancock]] • [[Hardin County, Illinois ballot measures|Hardin]] • [[Henderson County, Illinois ballot measures|Henderson]] • [[Henry County, Illinois ballot measures|Henry]] • [[Iroquois County, Illinois ballot measures|Iroquois]] • [[Jackson County, Illinois ballot measures|Jackson]] • [[Jasper County, Illinois ballot measures|Jasper]] • [[Jefferson County, Illinois ballot measures|Jefferson]] • [[Jersey County, Illinois ballot measures|Jersey]] • [[Jo Daviess County, Illinois ballot measures|Jo Daviess]] • [[Johnson County, Illinois ballot measures|Johnson]] • [[Kane County, Illinois ballot measures|Kane]] • [[Kankakee County, Illinois ballot measures|Kankakee]] • [[Kendall County, Illinois ballot measures|Kendall]] • [[Knox County, Illinois ballot measures|Knox]] • [[LaSalle County, Illinois ballot measures|LaSalle]] • [[Lake County, Illinois ballot measures|Lake]] • [[Lawrence County, Illinois ballot measures|Lawrence]] • [[Lee County, Illinois ballot measures|Lee]] • [[Livingston County, Illinois ballot measures|Livingston]] • [[Logan County, Illinois ballot measures|Logan]] • [[Macon County, Illinois ballot measures|Macon]] • [[Macoupin County, Illinois ballot measures|Macoupin]] • [[Madison County, Illinois ballot measures|Madison]] • [[Marion County, Illinois ballot measures|Marion]] • [[Marshall County, Illinois ballot measures|Marshall]] • [[Mason County, Illinois ballot measures|Mason]] • [[Massac County, Illinois ballot measures|Massac]] • [[McDonough County, Illinois ballot measures|McDonough]] • [[McHenry County, Illinois ballot measures|McHenry]] • [[McLean County, Illinois ballot measures|McLean]] • [[Menard County, Illinois ballot measures|Menard]] • [[Mercer County, Illinois ballot measures|Mercer]] • [[Monroe County, Illinois ballot measures|Monroe]] • [[Montgomery County, Illinois ballot measures|Montgomery]] • [[Morgan County, Illinois ballot measures|Morgan]] • [[Moultrie County, Illinois ballot measures|Moultrie]] • [[Ogle County, Illinois ballot measures|Ogle]] • [[Peoria County, Illinois ballot measures|Peoria]] • [[Perry County, Illinois ballot measures|Perry]] • [[Piatt County, Illinois ballot measures|Piatt]] • [[Pike County, Illinois ballot measures|Pike]] • [[Pope County, Illinois ballot measures|Pope]] • [[Pulaski County, Illinois ballot measures|Pulaski]] • [[Putnam County, Illinois ballot measures|Putnam]] • [[Randolph County, Illinois ballot measures|Randolph]] • [[Richland County, Illinois ballot measures|Richland]] • [[Rock Island County, Illinois ballot measures|Rock Island]] • [[Saline County, Illinois ballot measures|Saline]] • [[Sangamon County, Illinois ballot measures|Sangamon]] • [[Schuyler County, Illinois ballot measures|Schuyler]] • [[Scott County, Illinois ballot measures|Scott]] • [[Shelby County, Illinois ballot measures|Shelby]] • [[St. Clair County, Illinois ballot measures|St. Clair]] • [[Stark County, Illinois ballot measures|Stark]] • [[Stephenson County, Illinois ballot measures|Stephenson]] • [[Tazewell County, Illinois ballot measures|Tazewell]] • [[Union County, Illinois ballot measures|Union]] • [[Vermilion County, Illinois ballot measures|Vermilion]] • [[Wabash County, Illinois ballot measures|Wabash]] • [[Warren County, Illinois ballot measures|Warren]] • [[Washington County, Illinois ballot measures|Washington]] • [[Wayne County, Illinois ballot measures|Wayne]] • [[White County, Illinois ballot measures|White]] • [[Whiteside County, Illinois ballot measures|Whiteside]] • [[Will County, Illinois ballot measures|Will]] • [[Williamson County, Illinois ballot measures|Williamson]] • [[Winnebago County, Illinois ballot measures|Winnebago]] • [[Woodford County, Illinois ballot measures|Woodford]]
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* [[Local ballot measures, Illinois, 2008]]
 
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Revision as of 14:41, 30 March 2013

Pension Hotspots: San Jose and San Bernardino, California Nov 28, 2014

By Josh Altic

The Pension Hotspots Report is a monthly publication about local pensions and pension reform efforts.

As of November 28, 2014, ten pension related measures were proposed for this year. Five of these were approved and two were defeated. Court decisions removed the initiatives in Pacific Grove, California, and Ventura County, California, from the ballot. A measure in San Jose, California, seeking to alter previously approved reform was not put on the ballot.

San Bernardino strikes a deal with CalPERS instead of playing hardball on pension debt:

San Bernardino, California, has followed Stockton in trying to work with CalPERS to repay pension debt despite both cities filing for bankruptcy and a court ruling that, on the surface, gives bankrupt cities the ability to reduce pension payments. As it turns out, the multi-hundred billion dollar pension fund holds all the bargaining chips, making the court ruling somewhat devoid of practical application. If Sockton, for example, were to have reduced its payments, CalPERS protocol would have automatically cut the benefits for city employees to 60 percent, pushing workers to quit in droves according to city officials. Similar practical consequences ruled the day over strict legality in San Bernardino as well. Although the ruling in bankruptcy court gave both cities the option to reduce or eliminate payments to the pension fund giant, they both decided it was more practical to make a deal with CalPERS instead of trying to contend with what San Bernardio's attorney Paul Glassman called the "800-pound gorilla."[1]

Councilman Sam Liccardo elected mayor of San Jose after pledging to stand behind 2012 Measure B pension reform:

In a close race that Ed Mendel, publisher of CalPensions.com, called a "referendum on voter-approved pension reform" - referring to Measure B - Sam Liccardo narrowly beat out union-backed Dave Cortese, despite a well funded campaign against Liccardo. Opponents said Liccardo's stance on pension reform would lead to policy that could drive quality employees away from the city. Liccardo, however, earned victory by defending the necessity of strong pension reform. In his campaign document, Liccardo wrote, “How we get past our budgetary burdens will depend on whether we have a mayor who will fully litigate — and implement — Measure B reforms, and ensure that we’re paying our long-term obligations.” All those concerned or interested in the state of pensions and pension reform in California will now closely watch San Jose to see what court decisions and policies will result from Liccardo's efforts to uphold the lawsuit-encumbered overhaul of pensions approved by voters in 2012.[2]

In order to cover rising pension costs, Carbondale, Illinois, may impose seventh tax increase in six years:

City officials in Carbondale have determined they need an additional $175,000 per year to cover the increasing costs of pension benefits and interest on pension debt. On December 16, 2014, the city council will make the final decision on a property tax increase of $16 per $100,000 of assessed property value. Some taxpayers, such as Rebel Pinkston, have expressed frustration at the continual increases. Pinkston said, “When they decided to use property tax to finance police and fire pensions they had to have known that these pensions far out-creased [sic] inflation every year. So they will have to come to us every year asking for more money." He continued, "Other towns get by with far less. I'm just curious as to why Carbondale needs so many police officers." City officials, however, insist that, without the tax increase, important city services will have to be cut. City Manager Kevin Beity said that state law does not allow cuts to pension payments as an option. He said, "That means there will be cuts in the general fund in other areas. Whether that is in capital projects, people, or services that we provide those are all options that we will have to look at."[3]

...more local news

School bond and tax votes

See also: School bond and tax elections in Illinois

Illinois mandates school districts to hold elections issuing bonding for new construction and capital improvements, exceeding the property tax cap, or create a working cash fund. Since 2006, Illinois has had referendums over the property tax cap which is governed under the Illinois Property Tax Cap Act of 2006 which requires voter approval if a school district wants to exceed their property tax cap for up to four years. The other type of referendum is a Chapter 20 referendum. Under Chapter 20, a school district must have voter approval if the voters petition a school district to create a working cash fund to pay liabilities. Only school districts that serve a city, town, or village less than 500,000 in population can hold a Chapter 20 referendum.

Pension reform

In multiple areas in Illinois, local ballots have an advisory question about Pension reforms at the state level for public employees. Though the State General Assembly sees it as a much larger issue that cannot be easily fixed by a simple ballot question, especially one which has no power. The pension fund has suffered greatly due tot he recession and has become expensive to maintain. Lawmakers have proposed the idea of a bill to reform the system already, but outsiders feel that it still would not address the many flaws of the system. Similar measures to change how municipal pensions are funded was passed, but one addressing fire and police officers was not able to get through. Though members of both are hoping for positive results on the advisory question, hoping that the State government will get the picture that residents do what a comprehensive reform of the system to be undertaken.[1]

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Illinois counties

AdamsAlexanderBondBooneBrownBureauCalhounCarrollCassChampaignChristianClarkClayClintonColesCookCrawfordCumberlandDeKalbDeWittDouglasDuPageEdgarEdwardsEffinghamFayetteFordFranklinFultonGallatinGreeneGrundyHamiltonHancockHardinHendersonHenryIroquoisJacksonJasperJeffersonJerseyJo DaviessJohnsonKaneKankakeeKendallKnoxLaSalleLakeLawrenceLeeLivingstonLoganMaconMacoupinMadisonMarionMarshallMasonMassacMcDonoughMcHenryMcLeanMenardMercerMonroeMontgomeryMorganMoultrieOglePeoriaPerryPiattPikePopePulaskiPutnamRandolphRichlandRock IslandSalineSangamonSchuylerScottShelbySt. ClairStarkStephensonTazewellUnionVermilionWabashWarrenWashingtonWayneWhiteWhitesideWillWilliamsonWinnebagoWoodford

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