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Referendums just never die; vote ‘no’ again

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

Referendums never die; they are voted on until they pass.

Dixon’s electric aggregation has failed twice. The school 1 percent sales tax also failed Nov. 6. Both items are again on the ballot April 9.

Some believe government, large or small, is already too involved in personal matters. If aggregation passes, the city will immediately obtain your account information from ComEd for its consultant. Of course, you can opt out of the program, but your personal account information has already been collected.

The 1 percent sales tax failed, 59 percent to 41 percent, with the majority of voters, or taxpayers, opposing the tax. Yet the school board placed the issue on the ballot. Why? Too many voters turned out for the presidential election. When more voters go to the polls, controversial referendums fail.

The sales tax issue will likely not be promoted as widely as before. The strategy will be to keep a low profile, and depend on a small voter turnout, common at municipal elections. Proponents will be sure to vote on April 9.

If you were a “no” vote, opposing the 1 percent school sales tax and electric aggregation, make sure you vote. Otherwise, the majority will lose again.

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