“Asking for a tax increase is difficult,” Fire Chief Hank Clemmensen told the Daily Herald. “We’ll probably try again in the future, although I can’t speak for the board.”
The chief was heartened by the closeness of the vote, but as a result of the vote the number of firefighters on duty at one time may decrease from five to four, he told the newspaper.
The hike would have provided $200,000 a year in additional revenue and would have cost a homeowner $50 for every $100,000 in assessed home value. The district includes unincorporated Palatine Township and Inverness.