From pot dispensaries in Batavia to a proposed tax hike in Dundee Township, voters in Kane and McHenry counties will weigh in on several referendum questions during the November election.
Here’s a look at some of the local questions that will appear on the ballot.
Voters in Batavia can give their opinion on whether the city should allow recreational marijuana dispensaries.
The city council decided in January to have an advisory referendum about whether pot dispensaries should be allowed. The results will not bind the council one way or the other.
In August 2019, Mayor Jeff Schielke said he would veto any ordinance allowing dispensaries. The council would need 10 votes to override a veto. But he supported the referendum.
“People have the final decision. That’s what I like about the referendum,” Schielke said Thursday. “I’m not about to counteract what the community feels about it (dispensaries).”
A binding referendum will give Algonquin residents the opportunity to decide whether the village clerk should be appointed, rather than elected.
The clerk maintains village records and records and maintains minutes of village board meetings, among other duties.
Currently, the elected clerk serves part-time, but and the village also has an appointed deputy clerk who works full-time.
Clerk Jerry Kautz was first elected in 1989. He has run unopposed in every election since 1993.
The Dundee Township board voted 3-2 in May to ask