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Voters reject Sugar Grove library referendum

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 6:54 a.m. CDT
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After 11 unsuccessful attempts to get a tax rate increase approved, officials at the Sugar Grove Public Library say change will be necessary.

After 11 unsuccessful attempts to get a tax rate increase approved, officials at the Sugar Grove Public Library say change will be necessary.

Meanwhile, another ballot request, the electricity aggregation referendum for unincorporated Kane County residents, has been approved, according to unofficial election results tallied Tuesday night.

For the Sugar Grove library, the latest request was defeated Tuesday, and Carol Dolin, the library's director, said it's time to plan for the future. She said there will be some discussion on the topic at Thursday's library board meeting.

"We can't continue as we are now," Dolin said, adding that officials will "have to look at where we can cut." She said officials would seek input from residents, adding that they will have to do what the community wants. According to unofficial results, there were 1,676 "no" votes and 688 "yes" votes.

"The people have spoken," she said.

The unincorporated Kane County residents also had their say Tuesday, and they opted to allow a bidding process in the hopes of lower electricity rates. That bid failed in 2012, but on Tuesday, 297 voters – or 53.32 percent – supported its approval. According to unofficial results, 244 voted against it.

Officials previously said that if the referendum were successful, individual households still could continue to get their electricity supplied by ComEd. Those who participate in the program will have different electric suppliers, but electricity delivery and service-related issues still will be handled by ComEd.

Several area municipalities already have electricity aggregation, including North Aurora, Sugar Grove and Elburn.

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