BLOOMINGTON — Voters in three areas of McLean County will decide issues related to home rule and public support for rural ambulance districts when they go to the voting booth April 7.

In the village of McLean, voters will decide if the village should become a home rule unit.

The designation allows local governments to expand their capabilities to make decisions on certain issues. Changes available under home rule include the form of government and fines that may be charged for some offenses.

Voters covered by the Allin Township Fire Protection District will be asked to approve a tax levy to support ambulance service. The tax would not exceed 40 cents per $100 equalized assessed valuation.

The tax for the fire protection district, based in Stanford, would establish a district to help cover the costs of emergency services to township residents.

In support of the referendum, the district cites a 44 percent increase in call volume in 2014 and necessary equipment upgrades. The fire department budget is 46 percent less than the average for rural fire districts in McLean County, according to fire district data.

A similar ballot question faces voters in the Northern Piatt Fire Protection District.

Voters in the Mansfield-based fire protection district will be asked to support a special tax with a maximum of 40 cents per $100 equalized assessed valuation.

Lexington voters will decide if members of the local school board will be elected at-large starting in 2017. Currently that board must have a specific amount of members from specific geographic areas. 

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