The New Lenox Fire Protection District want to pull in more tax money to fund its operations.
The district has asked for a referendum to be placed on the ballot for the next election to clear the way for the tax increase.
"Since 1989, the NLFPD has not seen a tax increase," the district said in a recently released statement. "During these 25 years, the population has doubled from 16,574 to 34,063, and the amount of commercial and industrial buildings has continued to grow as well."
The district also pointed to an increase in the number of calls over the years. The referendum would reduce insurance costs, provide updated services and decrease response times, the statement said.
"Currently the NLFPD tax rate is .36 and it has been recommended to increase it to .489," the statement said. "This would be the equivalent of approximately an extra $86 per year or $7 per month for a $200k home."