Proponents of a referendum to create a community mental health panel known as a 708 board in Wheeling Township submitted signatures Wednesday to get the question on the November ballot,

Meanwhile, supporters of a similar effort in Schaumburg Township said they will be submitting their signatures Thursday morning at township headquarters.

Geri Wasserman, one of the leaders of the Schaumburg Township initiative, said volunteers have gathered 1,432 signatures. They need 800 valid signatures to get the measure placed on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The Wheeling Township group arrived at the township offices Wednesday morning with 264 petition sheets containing 2,356 signatures. They need 1,100 valid signatures.

The ballot question will ask voters if they would favor Wheeling Township increasing property taxes not more than 0.15% of a property’s assessed value. Proponents said that would raise about $1.5 million a year.

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