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Grayslake Park District Approves $2.2 Million Levy

The park district's 2012 tax levy is 5 percent higher than last year to capture all potential new growth, said officials.

The Grayslake Park District Board approved a $2.24 million tax levy for 2012 earlier this month. The levy has increased $107,000 or 5 percent over last year.

"The actual extended amount will be lower, but levying less than 5 percent could possibly prohibit any future collection of any potential new tax dollars," said Jeff Nehila, park district executive director.

The increase, he said, assures the capture of all potential new growth in EAV (Equalized Assessed Valuation) and any other uncollected dollars within PTELL (Property Tax Extension Law Limit) limitations.

The park district anticipates a levy extension of about $2.2 million. Last year, the park district levied $2.28 million and was extended $2.13 million.

Knowing the extension will be less than what is levied, Nehila said the park district has worked diligently to lower some previously fixed costs such as utilities and commodities, and it has locked in lower rates for natural gas, telephone and gasoline for its vehicle and mower fleets.

The park district has also been successful in obtaining grant funds for several capital projects including $465,000 for Alleghany Road improvements, $105,000 for a neighborhood park renovation and $5,000 for shoreline restoration work on a local park pond.

Other grants in the works include $400,000 for Jones Island and $38,000 for Alleghany Park. The park district has also begun exploring grants for alternative energy and playgrounds, said Nehila.

Forecasted financial challenges for the park district include the rising cost of health care and park maintenance, including playground equipment replacement, vehicle and mower repair and replacement, and turf care.

Pete November 30, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Good god, a new one everyday. Earlier this week it was D-46 levy talk, yesterday it was the library levy approval, today the park district approves one... what's next? This community is slowly bleeding its residents to death. It's only a matter of time before people start moving away and stop moving in due to the taxes. Then what will they do?
LMJ November 30, 2012 at 02:47 PM
BAM! Library, Park District, Union threatening to strike in D46 all in Grayslake. How much is too much?
Pete November 30, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Agreed, and don't forget bout the 32.6 mil. tax levy D-46 is also asking for. But hey at least we have "Light the Lamp" opening up and the luxury of checking out the x3 as expensive e-books for free from the library!
Brad Faxton November 30, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Oh good lord - do you know what it costs to run a business? Apparently not.
Brad Faxton November 30, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Too much is an outsider like you flapping your jaw for no other reason but to stir up trouble.
LMJ November 30, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Are you saying that you are an "insider", "Brad"?
Tadashi December 01, 2012 at 01:21 AM
What in the hell does Jones Island need $400,000 for?!? Sadly, we've just begun our discussion of "it's time to move" in earnest. It's time to leave.
Angela Sykora (Editor) December 01, 2012 at 06:54 AM
The park district is working to secure grant funds for that project, not taxpayer money.

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