HARRER POOL REFERENDUM – FAQS

 

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HOW DO I REGISTER TO VOTE?
https://www.cookcountyclerk.com/agency/register-vote

HOW DO I VOTE?
Election Day is March 17, 2020. Click here to find polling places

WHAT IS THE EXACT QUESTION THAT WILL APPEAR ON THE BALLOT?
“Shall the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for the Morton Grove Park District, Cook County, Illinois, be increased by an additional amount equal to .105% above the limiting rate for levy year 2018 for the purposes of renovating, redeveloping, operating, and maintaining the property and facilities known as Harrer Park Pool, owned by the Morton Grove Park District, and for other lawful purposes of the Morton Grove Park District, and be equal to .400% of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein for levy year 2020?” 1) The approximate amount of taxes extendable at the most recently extended limiting rate is $2,307,783, and the approximate amount of taxes extendable if the proposition is approved is $3,129,197. 2) For the 2020 levy year the approximate amount of the additional tax extendable against property containing a single family residence and having a fair market value at the time of the referendum of $100,000 is estimated to be $30.57. 3) If the proposition is approved, the aggregate extension for 2020 will be determined by the limiting rate set forth in the proposition, rather than the otherwise applicable limiting rate calculated under the provisions of the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (commonly known as the Property Tax Cap Law).”

WOULD MY TAXES GO UP?
If passed, a $300,000 market value home would approximately see an $91.71 annual increase, which breaks down to roughly $7.64 a month, or $1.91 per week. If the referendum is successful, this would go into effect in 2021. There are online appraisal services, such as zillow.com, where you can get information about the market value of your home.

WHERE WOULD THE NEW FACILITY BE LOCATED?
The location of the replacement facility would be at the existing location as Harrer Pool, located at 6520 Dempster Street adjacent to the Harrer Park ball fields and Harrer Park Pavilion, home of most summer special events.

WHAT AMENITIES WILL THE FACILITY HAVE?
The money would be to replace Harrer Pool with the following options as identified by community members: A 50-meter, 6 lane heated lap pool (55% of survey respondents chose this option), separate spray pad and activity pool for kids, separate slide and diving areas, improved concessions, new bath house, and a party room, which could be used for programming during the off-season. The pool will also allow the Park District to offer new programming.

CAN YOU BE MORE SPECIFIC ON USAGE OF LAP POOL
The 50-meter, six lane heated pool would be used for open swim with two designated lap lanes for lap swim. The open swim area would house an extensive program of swimming lessons for all ages during the early mornings before public open swim hours.

WHEN WOULD THE NEW POOL BE BUILT?
We would seek an architect to begin work immediately if the referendum is successful. We would anticipate breaking ground on the replacement pool early Fall of 2020, with the aim to open to the public in Summer 2021.

WHY SHOULD I VOTE FOR THIS REFERENDUM?
How you vote is your decision. If the referendum passes, it would allow the Park District to keep Harrer Pool a part of the Morton Grove community for generations to come. Regardless of how you decide to vote on this issue, remember to vote on March 17.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE REFERENDUM DOESN’T PASS?
If the referendum doesn’t pass, Harrer Pool is not likely to reopen in the foreseeable future.

HOW MANY TIMES PER SEASON DO PEOPLE USE HARRER POOL?
Pool usage overall in Morton Grove has steadily increased in the last three years, with a 21% increase between 2018 and 2019.

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF MY TAX BILL GOES TO THE MORTON GROVE PARK DISTRICT?
Approximately 4.4% of your annual tax payment goes towards the Morton Grove Park District, which is comparable to and even less than some similarly sized area park districts.

ARE THE MORTON GROVE PARK DISTRICT AND THE VILLAGE OF MORTON GROVE ONE ENTITY?
No. The Morton Grove Park District is an autonomous unit of government, separate and distinct from the Village of Morton Grove. The Park District’s main source of revenue is property taxes. The Park District does not receive sales tax. The Park District collaborates with the Village and other entities when doing so saves money in the delivery of public services.

CAN THE PARK DISTRICT GET ANY GRANTS TO HELP OFFSET THE COST AND ASK LESS OF TAXPAYERS?
The Park District actively pursues grant and sponsorship funding. We will continue to actively pursue grants and partnerships. If a grant is awarded, we would use the funds to offset the cost of the project.

WILL THERE BE PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETINGS?
Yes! The public is invited to attend upcoming Harrer Pool Referendum-Open Houses scheduled for Monday, February 17, at 6:30 pm, located in the Morton Grove Civic Center, located at 6140 Dempster Street; and Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 am, located at the Prairie View Community Center, 6834 Dempster Street.

In addition, the public is always welcome to attend the monthly Park Board meetings that occur every third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm, located at the Prairie View Community Center.

MORE QUESTIONS?
Please contact us at board@mgparks.com or call Jeff Wait, Morton Grove Park District Executive Director at 847-965-1200 and we’d be happy to answer any other questions you have. Your additional questions will help us continue to develop our FAQ page and help your household make an informed decision this March!

The above FAQs are based on the best available information. Updates will be made to this page as needed.