Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

The sixth time was not the charm for Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District officials who were seeking a tax increase. Unofficial results Tuesday show voters narrowly defeated the tax hike request by just nine votes; 951 against the measure to 942 in favor of it. Final tallies won’t be certified for a few weeks to ensure all mail-in ballots were received.

Fire district officials estimated the owner of a $250,000 home would have paid an additional $135 a year in property taxes if it had passed. The new rate would have generated roughly $1.1 million additional property tax revenue for the district, Chief John Nixon said.

Requests for a property tax hike also failed in 2006, 2009, 2015, 2017 and 2018.