Wary of potential for higher taxes? Oppose Rochester Home Rule effort

Residents of Rochester will go to the polls next Tuesday to vote on whether they want the Central Illinois community outside Springfield to become a Home Rule municipality.

If approved, the measure could allow Rochester’s village board greater latitude to raise taxes and implement new rules. The Illinois Association of REALTORS® opposes Home Rule, and has been active in urging residents to vote against the ballot initiative.

Home Rule would allow village board members the ability to increase property taxes without first consulting voters. It also would allow sweeping power for trustees to enact ordinances that could make it more expensive to rent and buy property in Rochester.

As a REALTOR®, the potential for higher taxes and more restrictive property-related ordinances should be worrisome. Illinois already has some of the highest property tax rates in the nation.

The issue will be on the March 18 primary ballot.

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About Jon Broadbooks

Jon Broadbooks is Director of Communications for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. He supervises and carries out the implementation of the communications programs for the Association. He directs and supervises the Communications staff. He is responsible for coordinating and implementing the public relations and media relations efforts for the Association and acts as spokesperson and liaison to the statewide news media. He serves as editor of online and print content for IAR communications including the Illinois REALTOR® magazine and e-newsletters. He conducts IAR spokesperson training seminars and oversees the operation of website development for the Association.