With all reporting, Shiloh’s home rule referendum failed, according to unofficial results on Tuesday.
According to the St. Clair County Clerk’s website, 795 people have voted against home rule status and only 296 people were in favor.
The village board placed the home-rule referendum on the ballots in order to have the possibility of enacting a crime-free housing ordinance in town.
Depending how a crime-free housing ordinance is set up or written, it could allow a municipality to require landlords to do background checks on residents before signing a lease.
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Home rule also allows village boards to enact new taxes without going to referendum, such as a sales tax increase or putting in place a food and beverage tax.
However, village officials have said increasing taxes is not the intent of enacting home-rule in the community.
Municipalities that have at least 25,000 residents, according to the Census Bureau, automatically become home rule communities. Towns with less than 25,000 people can become home-rule through referendum. Shiloh had 12,409 residents according to the 2010 census.