Referendum to Increase Sales Tax

Non-Home Rule Sales Tax Increase


  • Barn, Fire Station, and General Infrastructure
  • Needs into the Future


  • Long-term funding sources for all the village’s infrastructure needs;
  • funding comes from purchases by residents and non-residents rather than property taxes; 
  • 50% of tax proceeds from non-residents; no initial interest costs
  • Approximate Funding Amount: $1.5 million a year
  • Approximate Average Tax Impact: 0.5% additional sales tax on purchases excluding grocery and pharmacy

How would the new sales tax affect future purchases?

Price of Goods
Current 7.5% Rate
Proposed 8.0% Rate
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Community Selects Priority Improvements

The Village Board contracted with EO Sullivan to host several community outreach sessions focusing on funding municipal building & infrastructure improvements. This two-way street process gave residents and community stake holders the opportunity to learn of and provide feedback on challenges facing municipal service delivery.

Read more on 2020 Community Engagement

Village Capital Needs

View or download Lake Zurich’s 20-Year Community Investment Plan. 2020-2039 CIP

Facilities condition report - Presented to the Village Board on December 2019

Fire Station 1 - Condition Assessment Study 2020

November 3rd Ballot Question

"Shall the Village of Lake Zurich be authorized to increase its current one-half percent (.5%) sales tax by another one-half percent (.5%) to levy a 1% sales tax to be used for public infrastructure, municipal operations, or property tax relief?"

Sales Tax Chart 2020

Lake Zurich's Oldest Public Facilities

Fire Department & Fire Station 1

Fire Station #1 was built in 1981 for a volunteer fire department, which is now deficient to adequately support a full-time professional fire / paramedic department to serve Lake Zurich

Since 1981, Lake Zurich's population has more than doubled in population and in emergency call volume.

Recent facility assessments completed in 2019 by BKV Architects identified deficiencies at Fire Station #1, prompting the need to prioritize reinvestment in this facility, along with the Paulus Park Barn addition.

Park & Recreation Program Participation

In 2019, programs offered through the Park & Recreation Department were used by Lake Zurich residents (75%) and visitors (25%) from neighboring communities. Non-resident participation is offered at a 20% higher fee.

The most sought after park program is summer camp, which is forced to limit participation due to space constraints at the Paulus Park Barn. 

Engagement Timeline 2020

Legal Notices

The required legal notices are posted at Village Hall and will be published in the voters information guide along with various newspapers in English and Spanish.

Blend Barn and Fire Station