Home rule communities have higher property taxes: FICTION
There is no evidence that home rule municipalities in Illinois have higher or faster growing property taxes than non-home rule municipalities. Many home rule communities are able to reduce reliance on property tax revenue by creating new streams of revenue, like a home rule sales tax.
Home rule sales tax will increase the price of my groceries and prescriptions: FICTION
Home rule sales tax does not apply to most food purchased at the grocery store, prescriptions, and other medical items.
Home rule communities can establish a Real Estate Transfer Tax without voter approval: FICTION
Before creating a Real Estate Transfer Tax, home rule communities have to pass a Real Estate Transfer Tax referendum. The Village of Roselle Board has no interest in establishing a Real Estate Transfer Tax.
Home rule municipalities are subject to fewer state mandates: FACT
Unlike non-home rule communities, home rule communities are only subject to state legislation and mandates when home rule has been preempted by state legislature.
Home rule municipalities are less restricted on creating new regulations: FACT
Non-home rule communities may only exercise authority specifically granted by state law. Home rule municipalities have broader authority to act and can create regulations in any area unless specifically restricted by state law. As an example, several home rule suburbs have recently passed ordinances to regulate the arrival of buses carrying migrants who are en route to Chicago intake centers. If Roselle tried to pass similar regulations as a non-home rule community without the legal authority to do so, the Village could face costly legal challenges.
The Village has to get voter approval to make infrastructure improvements or take out loans for infrastructure updates: FICTION
Even as a non-home rule community, the Village can make infrastructure improvements and can obligate revenue to pay for bonds used for infrastructure improvements.
Once a community becomes home rule, it is permanently home rule: FICTION
Home rule status can be removed by referendum, which could be initiated by voters or by the Board.
Home rule means more control over school, park, and library districts: FICTION
Whether the Village of Roselle becomes home rule or remains non-home rule, the Village does not control funding, operations, referenda, or other initiatives by other Roselle taxing bodies. Each school, library, and park district you pay property taxes to is an independent taxing body with its own unique board of elected officials who oversee their budget. The Village Board of Trustees oversees the Roselle Police, Fire, and Public Works departments in addition to the municipal services offered at Village Hall.
Additionally, while each taxing body receives funding from property taxes, this does not mean all Roselle taxing bodies operate from one budget or that taxing bodies can use their property tax revenue for another taxing body’s operations or capital projects. For example, the Village’s budget cannot be used to pay for park district renovations or library improvements.
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