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Thornton Township seeks new tax to fund mental health services


Thornton Township is once again asking voters to approve a referendum that would impose a tax to support mental health services.

There was also a similar question narrowly defeated The question on the primary ballot a year ago on March 19 suggested that, if approved, the tax would add about $44 a year for a home with a fair market value of $100,000.

County voters will also be asked whether the county should establish a second food pantry, and another referendum will ask whether a $2 fee should be charged to those who use the county’s soup and salad bar.

Service to all of Thornton Township, Burnham, Calumet City, Dixmoor, Dolton, East Hazel Crest, Phoenix, South Holland and Thornton and parts of Blue Island, Glenwood, Harvey, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Lansing, Markham, Posen and Riverdale gives. The district has a population of approximately 165,000.

In the April 2023 elections, when the issue arose, 49% of district voters supported the new tax, while 51% opposed it.

11 regional mayors and other elected officials in this election distributed a letter He opposed the new tax, saying property owners are already overtaxed and that institutions outside the county are better suited to provide mental health services.

Voters in other counties and Will County approved similar questions about paying for mental health services. Typically, referendum approval allows the county supervisor to appoint seven volunteers to an oversight panel known as a 708 board.

This board will weigh in on how the funds obtained from the tax will be spent.

In last year’s referendum attempt, the county said the tax would bring in about $500,000 a year.

According to the question, the tax would be equal to 0.15% of the total equalized assessed valuation of property in the district.

According to the question, the county tax, which is about $20 million, is expected to increase to $22.8 million in the 2024 tax. This will be assessed to property owners for property taxes collected next year.

The county referendum states that the money will be used to provide community mental health facilities and services, including services for people with developmental disabilities and substance abusers.


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