Voters approve Hinsdale District 86's $140 million tax referendum
Voters approved a $139.8 million tax referendum for Hinsdale District 86 on Tuesday night.
With all precincts reporting, 59.53 percent of the votes (13,927) were cast in favor of the referendum and 40.47 percent (9,468) were against it, according to the Dupage County Election Commission.
The money will go toward various improvements at both Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South, including building two new swimming pools, and upgrading security, infrastructure, technology and accessibility.
It is the third time the district has tried to get voters to approve a referendum to cover the costs of the work.
Last year, the district failed to pass a $166 million referendum; and in 2017, voters rejected a $76 million referendum.
In December 2018, the district was accused of using children to force voters to approve this latest referendum after the school board cut football and other extracurricular activities for next fall. The board said that the activities would be reinstated if voters approved the measure.
The district has already scheduled a special board meeting for tonight to discuss bringing back the activities.
With the passage of the measure, owners of a home valued at $500,000 can expect to pay $282.87 more each year in property taxes, according to the district.