Voters returned three trustees and soundly defeated a home rule referendum in Creve Coeur’s village elections Tuesday.
Jerry Daughters narrowly defeated Frank Thatcher to retain his Village Board seat in the race among four candidates for three seats. Daughters received 275 votes, or 23 percent, to Thatcher’s 22 percent with 261 votes, according to unofficial results.
Ron Talbot received 337 votes, for 29 percent, and Norma Dison was returned with 317 ballots, for 26 percent.
Village Mayor Fred Lang and Village Clerk Kimberly Peak ran unopposed.
A referendum to grant the village home rule authority produced 475 votes against the measure to 64 in favor.
Municipalities with home rule, which all in the state with 25,000 or more residents possess, have power to raise revenue through property taxes beyond a state-imposed cap of 5 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. Home rule also grants authority to impose sales taxes and other fees.
Creve Coeur was among at least five communities statewide that proposed home rule in spring elections as a potential local revenue source in light of Illinois’ ongoing state budget impasse.
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