Henry County looks for next steps after public safety sales tax rejection


HENRY COUNTY, Ill. (KWQC) – The Henry County Public Safety Tax question did not pass. Henry County voters rejected the half percent tax 12,340 to 11,547. Sheriff, Jim Padilla, said the results will force the department to make major changes.

“It’s not only for the officers, but for the public themselves that are going to be affected by this and it really concerns me.”

If passed, the tax would have kept the sheriff’s department at current staffing levels, and helped replace old squad cars. Padilla said there are no immediate changes yet, but that he expects the department to come up with alternate plans soon.

“I mean we are just going to have to sit down with the staff and I will make sure they are involved in any decisions that we make and changes that we make you know we are just going to have to go to the drawing board and see how we can work things out.”

The Henry County board will meet on Monday to discuss the next best steps.

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