With 22 of 33 precincts reporting late Tuesday, a majority of the counted votes opposed an Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District referendum seeking a property tax hike for equipment and emergency and rescue crews.
Unofficial results showed 3,708 votes or 46.6 percent in favor of the referendum to 4,258 votes or 53.5 percent against it.
The district hoped to levy a new tax at a rate of 0.1 percent of taxable property value, which would generate about $900,000 in additional revenue, to go toward establishing a vehicle replacement fund and funding health insurance for part-time employees.
Fire Chief Peter Van Dorpe said earlier the district has cut staff and other costs to save money. Though not yet “in trouble,” officials wanted the tax as a way to maintain a balanced budget and save money for new apparatus.