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Fire District Referendum November 6, 2018
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By Member Paul Mackin
September 29, 2018

A referendum proposition will be submitted to the voters of the District at the general election to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. The basis of the referendum is increase revenue and prevent reductions in service. It seeks to increase the District's annual operating levy funding $104 for the owner of a $200,000 home. That is less than $8.67 per month or .29 cents per day based on this example.

The District will be hosting two Informational sessions aimed at providing details on the upcoming referendum. These “Coffee with the Fire Chief” events will give residents of the District the opportunity to receive firsthand information about the referendum as well as the opportunity to ask questions and to provide feedback.

The events are scheduled for:

Tuesday, October 9 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, October 27 at 9:00 AM

Both events are located at North Palos Fire District station 1, located at 10629 S. Roberts Road, Palos Hills, IL.
Questions can be directed to Chief Paul Mackin at 708-974-4474 or via email at

A sample of the ballot proposition is shown below:
Note: The 20% indicated in the sample ballot can be very confusing to voters. The 20% only refers to the District's portion of your tax bill. The District currently receives less than .10 cents of your tax dollar. This .10 cents of your tax dollar is what is increasing 20%. With passage of the referendum .11 cents of your tax dollar will then go to the District instead of the current .10 cents.

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Stacey October 02, 2018 at 8:30 AM
Why are you hiding this? Why isn't this info on every fire department sign?

North Palos Fire Protection District October 02, 2018 at 10:56 AM
Stacey, Thank you for your comments. A media release regarding the referendum has been submitted to the local newspapers on 09/24. We were currently using the station signs to advertise our Community CPR class on Oct 13th and the Firefighters Association Pancake Breakfast on Oct. 14th. We will post notice of the referendum on the signs next Tuesday, where it will remain for the month before the referendum. Also, we are encouraging residents to attend one of the scheduled information sessions or contact Fire Chief Paul Mackin at 708-974-4474 or at

Peggy Koehler October 30, 2018 at 2:25 AM
Hello, I feel this is very important yet I just found out. I'm wondering if you have a simple link I can share to fb. Local friends would see it then share it as well.

For now I'm going to take a pic of the ballot portion I just feel people should get to read all of this.
Good Luck with it. Most of all Thank You all

North Palos Fire Protection District October 30, 2018 at 9:07 AM
Peggy, I would suggest sharing the link to the Referendum page of our website. It has the ballot information along with links to recent articles. Here is the link:

Thanks for sharing.

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