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35 ILCS 200/18-205

    (35 ILCS 200/18-205)
    Sec. 18-205. Referendum to increase the extension limitation. A taxing district is limited to an extension limitation of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year, whichever is less. A taxing district may increase its extension limitation for one or more levy years if that taxing district holds a referendum before the levy date for the first levy year at which a majority of voters voting on the issue approves adoption of a higher extension limitation. Referenda shall be conducted at a regularly scheduled election in accordance with the Election Code. The question shall be presented in substantially the following manner for all elections held after March 21, 2006:
        Shall the extension limitation under the Property Tax
    
Extension Limitation Law for (insert the legal name, number, if any, and county or counties of the taxing district and geographic or other common name by which a school or community college district is known and referred to), Illinois, be increased from the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index over the prior levy year to (insert the percentage of the proposed increase)% per year for (insert each levy year for which the increased extension limitation will apply)?
The votes must be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
If a majority of voters voting on the issue approves the adoption of the increase, the increase shall be applicable for each levy year specified.
    The ballot for any question submitted pursuant to this Section shall have printed thereon, but not as a part of the question submitted, only the following supplemental information (which shall be supplied to the election authority by the taxing district) in substantially the following form:
        (1) For the (insert the first levy year for which the
    
increased extension limitation will be applicable) levy year the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable against property containing a single family residence and having a fair market value at the time of the referendum of $100,000 is estimated to be $....
        (2) Based upon an average annual percentage increase
    
(or decrease) in the market value of such property of ...% (insert percentage equal to the average annual percentage increase or decrease for the prior 3 levy years, at the time the submission of the question is initiated by the taxing district, in the amount of (A) the equalized assessed value of the taxable property in the taxing district less (B) the new property included in the equalized assessed value), the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable against such property for the ... levy year is estimated to be $... and for the ... levy year is estimated to be $....
    Paragraph (2) shall be included only if the increased extension limitation will be applicable for more than one year and shall list each levy year for which the increased extension limitation will be applicable. The additional tax shown for each levy year shall be the approximate dollar amount of the increase over the amount of the most recently completed extension at the time the submission of the question is initiated by the taxing district. The approximate amount of the additional tax extendable shown in paragraphs (1) and (2) shall be calculated by multiplying $100,000 (the fair market value of the property without regard to any property tax exemptions) by (i) the percentage level of assessment prescribed for that property by statute, or by ordinance of the county board in counties that classify property for purposes of taxation in accordance with Section 4 of Article IX of the Illinois Constitution; (ii) the most recent final equalization factor certified to the county clerk by the Department of Revenue at the time the taxing district initiates the submission of the proposition to the electors; (iii) the last known aggregate extension base of the taxing district at the time the submission of the question is initiated by the taxing district; and (iv) the difference between the percentage increase proposed in the question and the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for the prior levy year (or an estimate of the percentage increase for the prior levy year if the increase is unavailable at the time the submission of the question is initiated by the taxing district); and dividing the result by the last known equalized assessed value of the taxing district at the time the submission of the question is initiated by the taxing district. This amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly is intended to clarify the existing requirements of this Section, and shall not be construed to validate any prior non-compliant referendum language. Any notice required to be published in connection with the submission of the question shall also contain this supplemental information and shall not contain any other supplemental information. Any error, miscalculation, or inaccuracy in computing any amount set forth on the ballot or in the notice that is not deliberate shall not invalidate or affect the validity of any proposition approved. Notice of the referendum shall be published and posted as otherwise required by law, and the submission of the question shall be initiated as provided by law.
(Source: P.A. 97-1087, eff. 8-24-12.)

35 ILCS 200/18-206

    (35 ILCS 200/18-206)
    Sec. 18-206. Decrease in extension for educational purposes.
    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for those school districts whose adequacy targets, as defined in Section 18-8.15 of this Code, exceed 110% for the school year that begins during the calendar year immediately preceding the levy year for which the reduction under this Section is sought, the question of whether the school district shall reduce its extension for educational purposes for the levy year in which the election is held to an amount that is less than the extension for educational purposes for the immediately preceding levy year shall be submitted to the voters of the school district at the next consolidated election but only upon submission of a petition signed by not fewer than 10% of the registered voters in the school district. In no event shall the reduced extension be more than 10% lower than the amount extended for educational purposes in the previous levy year, and in no event shall the reduction cause the school district's adequacy target to fall below 110% for the levy year for which the reduction is sought.
    (b) The petition shall be filed with the applicable election authority, as defined in Section 1-3 of the Election Code, or, in the case of multiple election authorities, with the State Board of Elections, not more than 10 months nor less than 6 months prior to the election at which the question is to be submitted to the voters, and its validity shall be determined as provided by Article 28 of the Election Code and general election law. The election authority or Board, as applicable, shall certify the question and the proper election authority or authorities shall submit the question to the voters. Except as otherwise provided in this Section, this referendum shall be subject to all other general election law requirements.
    (c) The proposition seeking to reduce the extension for educational purposes shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall the amount extended for educational purposes by
    
(school district) be reduced from (previous levy year's extension) to (proposed extension) for (levy year), but in no event lower than the amount required to maintain an adequacy target of 110%?
    Votes shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    If a majority of all votes cast on the proposition are in favor of the proposition, then, for the levy year in which the election is held, the amount extended by the school district for educational purposes shall be reduced as provided in the referendum; however, in no event shall the reduction exceed the amount that would cause the school district to have an adequacy target of 110% for the applicable school year.
    Once the question is submitted to the voters, then the question may not be submitted again for the same school district at any of the next 2 consolidated elections.
    (d) For school districts that approve a reduction under this Section, the county clerk shall extend a rate for educational purposes that is no greater than the limiting rate for educational purposes. If the school district is otherwise subject to this Law for the applicable levy year, then, for the levy year in which the reduction occurs, the county clerk shall calculate separate limiting rates for educational purposes and for the aggregate of the school district's other funds.
    As used in this Section:
    "School district" means each school district in the State, regardless of whether or not that school district is otherwise subject to this Law.
    "Limiting rate for educational purposes" means a fraction the numerator of which is the greater of (i) the amount approved by the voters in the referendum under subsection (c) of this Section or (ii) the amount that would cause the school district to have an adequacy target of 110% for the applicable school year, but in no event more than the school district's extension for educational purposes in the immediately preceding levy year, and the denominator of which is the current year's equalized assessed value of all real property under the jurisdiction of the school district during the prior levy year.
(Source: P.A. 100-465, eff. 8-31-17.)

35 ILCS 200/18-210

    (35 ILCS 200/18-210)
    Sec. 18-210. Establishing a new levy. Except as provided in Section 18-215, as it relates to a transfer of a service, before a county clerk may extend taxes for funds subject to the limitations of this Law, a new taxing district or a taxing district with an aggregate extension base of zero shall hold a referendum establishing a maximum aggregate extension for the levy year. The maximum aggregate extension is established for the current levy year if a taxing district has held a referendum before the levy date at which the majority voting on the issue approves its adoption. The referendum under this Section may be held at the same time as the referendum on creating a new taxing district. The question shall be submitted to the voters at a regularly scheduled election in accordance with the Election Code provided that notice of referendum, if held before July 1, 1999, has been given in accordance with the provisions of Section 12-5 of the Election Code in effect at the time of the bond referendum, at least 10 and not more than 45 days before the date of the election, notwithstanding the time for publication otherwise imposed by Section 12-5. Notices required in connection with the submission of public questions on or after July 1, 1999 shall be as set forth in Section 12-5 of the Election Code. The question shall be submitted in substantially the following form:
--------------------------------------------------------------
    Under the Property Tax Extension
Limitation Law, may an                      YES
aggregate extension not to exceed ...
(aggregate extension amount) ...        ----------------------
be made for the ... (taxing
district name) ... for the                  NO
... (levy year) ... levy year?
--------------------------------------------------------------
If a majority of voters voting on the increase approves the adoption of the aggregate extension, the extension shall be effective for the levy year specified.
    The question of establishing a maximum aggregate extension may be combined with the question of forming or establishing a new taxing district, in which case the question shall be submitted in substantially the following form:
        Shall the (taxing district) be formed (or
    
established) and have an aggregate extension under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law not to exceed (aggregate extension amount) for the (levy year)?
    The votes must be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    If a majority of voters voting on the proposition approves it, then the taxing district shall be formed (or established) with the aggregate extension amount for the designated levy year.
(Source: P.A. 97-1149, eff. 6-1-13.)

35 ILCS 200/18-212

    (35 ILCS 200/18-212)
    Sec. 18-212. Referendum on debt service extension base. A taxing district may establish or increase its debt service extension base if (i) that taxing district holds a referendum before the date on which the levy must be filed with the county clerk of the county or counties in which the taxing district is situated and (ii) a majority of voters voting on the issue approves the establishment of or increase in the debt service extension base. A debt service extension base established or increased by a referendum held pursuant to this Section after February 2, 2010, shall be increased each year, commencing with the first levy year beginning after the date of the referendum, by the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year if the optional language concerning the annual increase is included in the question submitted to the electors of the taxing district. Referenda under this Section shall be conducted at a regularly scheduled election in accordance with the Election Code. The governing body of the taxing district shall certify the question to the proper election authorities who shall submit the question to the electors of the taxing district in substantially the following form:
    "Shall the debt service extension base under the Property
    
Tax Extension Limitation Law for ... (taxing district name) ... for payment of principal and interest on limited bonds be .... ((established at $ ....) . (or) (increased from $ .... to $ ....)) .. for the ..... levy year and all subsequent levy years (optional language: , such debt service extension base to be increased each year by the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year)?"
    Votes on the question shall be recorded as "Yes" or "No".
    If a majority of voters voting on the issue approves the establishment of or increase in the debt service extension base, the establishment of or increase in the debt service extension base shall be applicable for the levy years specified.
(Source: P.A. 96-1202, eff. 7-22-10.)

35 ILCS 200/18-213

    (35 ILCS 200/18-213)
    Sec. 18-213. Referenda on applicability of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law.
    (a) The provisions of this Section do not apply to a taxing district subject to this Law because a majority of its 1990 equalized assessed value is in a county or counties contiguous to a county of 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, or because a majority of its 1994 equalized assessed value is in an affected county and the taxing district was not subject to this Law before the 1995 levy year.
    (b) The county board of a county that is not subject to this Law may, by ordinance or resolution, submit to the voters of the county the question of whether to make all non-home rule taxing districts that have all or a portion of their equalized assessed valuation situated in the county subject to this Law in the manner set forth in this Section.
    For purposes of this Section only:
    "Taxing district" has the same meaning provided in Section 1-150.
    "Equalized assessed valuation" means the equalized assessed valuation for a taxing district for the immediately preceding levy year.
    (c) The ordinance or resolution shall request the submission of the proposition at any election, except a consolidated primary election, for the purpose of voting for or against making the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law applicable to all non-home rule taxing districts that have all or a portion of their equalized assessed valuation situated in the county.
    The question shall be placed on a separate ballot and shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (35
    
ILCS 200/18-185 through 18-245), which limits annual property tax extension increases, apply to non-home rule taxing districts with all or a portion of their equalized assessed valuation located in (name of county)?
Votes on the question shall be recorded as "yes" or "no".
    (d) The county clerk shall order the proposition submitted to the electors of the county at the election specified in the ordinance or resolution. If part of the county is under the jurisdiction of a board or boards of election commissioners, the county clerk shall submit a certified copy of the ordinance or resolution to each board of election commissioners, which shall order the proposition submitted to the electors of the taxing district within its jurisdiction at the election specified in the ordinance or resolution.
    (e) (1) With respect to taxing districts having all of
    
their equalized assessed valuation located in the county, if a majority of the votes cast on the proposition are in favor of the proposition, then this Law becomes applicable to the taxing district beginning on January 1 of the year following the date of the referendum.
        (2) With respect to taxing districts that meet all
    
the following conditions this Law shall become applicable to the taxing district beginning on January 1, 1997. The districts to which this paragraph (2) is applicable
            (A) do not have all of their equalized assessed
        
valuation located in a single county,
            (B) have equalized assessed valuation in an
        
affected county,
            (C) meet the condition that each county, other
        
than an affected county, in which any of the equalized assessed valuation of the taxing district is located has held a referendum under this Section at any election, except a consolidated primary election, held prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997, and
            (D) have a majority of the district's equalized
        
assessed valuation located in one or more counties in each of which the voters have approved a referendum under this Section prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1997. For purposes of this Section, in determining whether a majority of the equalized assessed valuation of the taxing district is located in one or more counties in which the voters have approved a referendum under this Section, the equalized assessed valuation of the taxing district in any affected county shall be included with the equalized assessed value of the taxing district in counties in which the voters have approved the referendum.
        (3) With respect to taxing districts that do not have
    
all of their equalized assessed valuation located in a single county and to which paragraph (2) of subsection (e) is not applicable, if each county other than an affected county in which any of the equalized assessed valuation of the taxing district is located has held a referendum under this Section at any election, except a consolidated primary election, held in any year and if a majority of the equalized assessed valuation of the taxing district is located in one or more counties that have each approved a referendum under this Section, then this Law shall become applicable to the taxing district on January 1 of the year following the year in which the last referendum in a county in which the taxing district has any equalized assessed valuation is held. For the purposes of this Law, the last referendum shall be deemed to be the referendum making this Law applicable to the taxing district. For purposes of this Section, in determining whether a majority of the equalized assessed valuation of the taxing district is located in one or more counties that have approved a referendum under this Section, the equalized assessed valuation of the taxing district in any affected county shall be included with the equalized assessed value of the taxing district in counties that have approved the referendum.
    (f) Immediately after a referendum is held under this Section, the county clerk of the county holding the referendum shall give notice of the referendum having been held and its results to all taxing districts that have all or a portion of their equalized assessed valuation located in the county, the county clerk of any other county in which any of the equalized assessed valuation of any taxing district is located, and the Department of Revenue. After the last referendum affecting a multi-county taxing district is held, the Department of Revenue shall determine whether the taxing district is subject to this Law and, if so, shall notify the taxing district and the county clerks of all of the counties in which a portion of the equalized assessed valuation of the taxing district is located that, beginning the following January 1, the taxing district is subject to this Law. For each taxing district subject to paragraph (2) of subsection (e) of this Section, the Department of Revenue shall notify the taxing district and the county clerks of all of the counties in which a portion of the equalized assessed valuation of the taxing district is located that, beginning January 1, 1997, the taxing district is subject to this Law.
    (g) Referenda held under this Section shall be conducted in accordance with the Election Code.
(Source: P.A. 89-510, eff. 7-11-96; 89-718, eff. 3-7-97.)

35 ILCS 200/18-214

    (35 ILCS 200/18-214)
    Sec. 18-214. Referenda on removal of the applicability of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law to non-home rule taxing districts.
    (a) The provisions of this Section do not apply to a taxing district that is subject to this Law because a majority of its 1990 equalized assessed value is in a county or counties contiguous to a county of 3,000,000 or more inhabitants, or because a majority of its 1994 equalized assessed value is in an affected county and the taxing district was not subject to this Law before the 1995 levy year.
    (b) For purposes of this Section only:
    "Taxing district" means any non-home rule taxing district that became subject to this Law under Section 18-213 of this Law.
    "Equalized assessed valuation" means the equalized assessed valuation for a taxing district for the immediately preceding levy year.
    (c) The county board of a county that became subject to this Law by a referendum approved by the voters of the county under Section 18-213 may, by ordinance or resolution, in the manner set forth in this Section, submit to the voters of the county the question of whether this Law applies to all non-home rule taxing districts that have all or a portion of their equalized assessed valuation situated in the county in the manner set forth in this Section.
    (d) The ordinance or resolution shall request the submission of the proposition at any election, except a consolidated primary election, for the purpose of voting for or against the continued application of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law to all non-home rule taxing districts that have all or a portion of their equalized assessed valuation situated in the county.
    The question shall be placed on a separate ballot and shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (35
    
ILCS 200/18-185 through 35 ILCS 200/18-245), which limits annual property tax extension increases, apply to non-home rule taxing districts with all or a portion of their equalized assessed valuation located in (name of county)?
Votes on the question shall be recorded as "yes" or "no".
    (e) The county clerk shall order the proposition submitted to the electors of the county at the election specified in the ordinance or resolution. If part of the county is under the jurisdiction of a board or boards of election commissioners, the county clerk shall submit a certified copy of the ordinance or resolution to each board of election commissioners, which shall order the proposition submitted to the electors of the taxing district within its jurisdiction at the election specified in the ordinance or resolution.
    (f) With respect to taxing districts having all of their equalized assessed valuation located in one county, if a majority of the votes cast on the proposition are against the proposition, then this Law shall not apply to the taxing district beginning on January 1 of the year following the date of the referendum.
    (g) With respect to taxing districts that do not have all of their equalized assessed valuation located in a single county, if both of the following conditions are met, then this Law shall no longer apply to the taxing district beginning on January 1 of the year following the date of the referendum.
        (1) Each county in which the district has any
    
equalized assessed valuation must either, (i) have held a referendum under this Section, (ii) be an affected county, or (iii) have held a referendum under Section 18-213 at which the voters rejected the proposition at the most recent election at which the question was on the ballot in the county.
        (2) The majority of the equalized assessed valuation
    
of the taxing district, other than any equalized assessed valuation in an affected county, is in one or more counties in which the voters rejected the proposition. For purposes of this Section, in determining whether a majority of the equalized assessed valuation of the taxing district is located in one or more counties in which the voters have rejected the proposition under this Section, the equalized assessed valuation of any taxing district in a county which has held a referendum under Section 18-213 at which the voters rejected that proposition, at the most recent election at which the question was on the ballot in the county, will be included with the equalized assessed value of the taxing district in counties in which the voters have rejected the referendum held under this Section.
    (h) Immediately after a referendum is held under this Section, the county clerk of the county holding the referendum shall give notice of the referendum having been held and its results to all taxing districts that have all or a portion of their equalized assessed valuation located in the county, the county clerk of any other county in which any of the equalized assessed valuation of any such taxing district is located, and the Department of Revenue. After the last referendum affecting a multi-county taxing district is held, the Department of Revenue shall determine whether the taxing district is no longer subject to this Law and, if the taxing district is no longer subject to this Law, the Department of Revenue shall notify the taxing district and the county clerks of all of the counties in which a portion of the equalized assessed valuation of the taxing district is located that, beginning on January 1 of the year following the date of the last referendum, the taxing district is no longer subject to this Law.
(Source: P.A. 89-718, eff. 3-7-97.)