THE WILMINGTON ISLAND Park District is a member of the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association, which recently completed construction of this new state-of-the-art recreational facility for individuals with special needs. As a member, the district is committed to financially supporting the facility and its programming. To do that, it collects a property tax specifically for that purpose. The Will County clerk’s office has denied the district’s request to levy that tax this year, because Island Park District did not obtain voter approval by referendum to create the tax. Photo by LWSRA via Facebook.
The Wilmington Island Park District filed a lawsuit against the Will County clerk and treasurer, in an attempt to collect property taxes it was denied this year.
In late 2012, the district created a new property tax to support programs for the handicapped, and collected the tax in 2013. Half of those dollars went to support the district's membership in the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association. The other half stayed in the district to make handicap-accessible improvements at the Park District's fitness center.
The park board included the special recreation association tax on the levy it filed with the Will County clerk in December; for 2013 taxes to be collected in 2014. This time, though, the county clerk's office denied the district's request because the staff felt the Park District should have received referendum approval of the new tax.
The Island Park District filed suit to get the court's permission to collect the tax.
Read the full story in the Wednesday, June 25, 2014 print and online editions of The Free Press Advocate.