At the Crystal Lake Expo on Saturday, I talked with Crystal Lake Park District Executive Director Jason Herbster.
Earlier, I reported that he told me that the tax bill for the park district would be up 4% this spring.
Today, I’d like to let you know that the City of Crystal Lake has cut off the Park District from developer impact fees.
Last year, for example, the Village of Lakewood gave the Park District $5,652.
The City of Crystal Lake?
I guess there was some residential building in Crystal Lake, but none of any development impact fees went to the Park District.
Maybe all such fees were diverted to subsidize Three Oaks Recreation Area.
Those who can remember when this blog was started in the fall of 2005 might recall that the first post was about Crystal Lake’s making a TIF District to turn the gravel pit into a recreational area.
When growth did not provide enough money to do the job, the City Council hiked the city share of the sales tax from 1% to 1 3/4%–a 75% city sales tax increase.
Having both a Park District and a city recreation operation doesn’t make a lot of sense.
It hasn’t since I noticed that the City of Springfield had such an arrangement way back in the 1970’s.
I figured Springfield had it because the city politicians didn’t want the park district politicians passing out all of the patronage jobs.
No one has mentioned that Crystal Lake is hiring people at TORA for patronage reasons.
Neither have I gotten such information about the park District.
I do know that the City Council refused to put pressure on the McHenry County Conservation District to develop the property.
That would have spread the tax burden countywide, but, of course, would have opened it up to residents not living in Crystal Lake.