Wauconda Home Rule Referendum
On the April 4 ballot, voters in Wauconda will have the opportunity to vote on an issue that has been put in front of voters across the state: a referendum on Home Rule governance for Wauconda. If passed, it would give Wauconda the ability to put in place local solutions for local challenges.
There are three chief reasons the Mayor and Board of Trustees decided to put Home Rule in front of voters in Wauconda:
- Home Rule gives us the ability to take back some local control from Springfield to diversify revenue streams for our Village.
- We are planning for the long-term needs of the Village and are projecting a local budget shortfall as we consider street repaving and other important projects throughout Wauconda.
- Home Rule provides opportunities to decrease the pressure of property taxes on homeowners in Wauconda by expanding our local tax base to include visitors to our Village.
The Village is hosting public information sessions:
- March 2 at 7 p.m. at Village Hall
- March 11 at 9 a.m. at the Wauconda Public Library
- March 23 via Zoom. at 7 p.m. Register at WaucondaHomeRule.com
Want more information on the home rule referendum?
Early voting begins February 23 and Election Day is April 4.
On January 17, 2023, the Wauconda Village board passed a resolution placing a home rule referendum on the April 4 consolidate election ballot. Should voters approve the measure, Wauconda will become a home rule unit of government, which will give the village greater decision-making power for local issues. The Village anticipates long-term budget shortfalls related to the cost of making needed investments in infrastructure. Home rule will give the Village Board additional solutions to meet these shortfalls and spread the cost to those who visit our community. The Village is preparing educational materials to help voters make an informed decision. More information will be available in the coming weeks.