Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Despite a growing call volume, Antioch fire officials will have to make do with existing revenues as voters Tuesday rejected a tax increase to generate another $1.57 million per year for personnel and building repairs. With all 16 precincts reporting, unofficial totals — including early and mail ballots — showed 1,905 votes, about 52% of the total, against the measure, and 1,738 in favor. Approval would have provided funding for an expected increase in calls, as well as building and personnel needs. Call volume rose 10% from 2017, a trend officials say will continue. The annual tax bill for a home valued at $200,000 would have increased by $163 if the measure passed.

The hope was to get the message out during what was expected to be high interest primary election, but turnout well below the expected level may have had a hand in derailing the tax hike question.

The First Fire Protection District of Antioch Township covers 35 miles in the village and unincorporated areas.

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