Chicago Homeowners Should Care About the Elections

April 05, 2011

It is election day for some Chicago and suburban residents . . . again.

In the city, voters will settle aldermanic races in 14 wards in which the candidates failed to secure the majority of the votes in the February elections.

There are also a bunch of races to be determined throughout the suburbs.

Officials are expecting very low turnout, but Chicago homeowners should make this a priority, according to the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors (MORe).

I voted stickersThe group points out that now is not an easy time for our cities and villages. To try to fix budget deficits, many are considering services cuts, tax hikes and other means to generate new revenue.

“Unfortunately, that new revenue is often drained from the pockets of local homeowners in the form of property taxes and measures such as water bill deposits and building permit fees,” said Christine Chase, President of MORe.

“It’s not fair — nor is it a good idea — to balance a budget on the backs of homeowners.”

MORe urges voters to go to the polls today and to know the candidates for whom you are voting.

Find out:

*Does your candidate support property tax increases?

*What is their position on transfer taxes?

*How do they feel about the regulation and requirement of home inspections?

*Would they consider any new property maintenance codes?

“Now more than ever, it’s important to pay attention and make your voice heard and your vote count,” said Chase. “Let’s work this spring to elect capable leaders who can help boost the value of our neighborhoods without placing an undue burden on homeowners and our communities.”

Polling places are open today until 7 p.m. For more information, or to find your polling place, visit chicagoelections.com or call (312) 269-7900.

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