There are not a lot of park districts in the United States.
In fact, I know of none outside of Illinois.
McHenry County has five.
They tend to attract people who think recreation is the biggest “good” in government.
They have the ability to sell bonds without a referendum.
It’s something like a revolving credit card which never really has to be paid off.
Below can be seen the effect of park districts on local tax bills:
|Barrington Hills||$60,040||$67,328||12.1%||McH Co only||$64,749||-3.8%|
|Huntley||$3,620,920||$2,774,959||-23.4%||McH Co only||$2,275,681||-18.0%|