ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The Rockford Park District hopes to expand some of its popular programs next year, but to do that may require us to chip in more money in property taxes. The Rockford Park District hopes to raise an extra $300,000 in property taxes for 2013 commissioners say this will help bring back certain programs, including nightly swim lessons at a local pool, other aquatic classes and some physical therapy programs. For the owner of a $100,000 home they’d pay about $6-$7 more in taxes than last year. That figure could be more or less depending if your home value dropped or stayed the same. Some of the commissioners say asking a bit more from homeowners can help the park district maintain its gold medal reputation.
“The tax increase is slight, but on the other hand, the public is receiving great services from the park district and they tell us that 90% say these things are good in the park district,” said Jack Armstrong, Rockford Park District Commissioner.
City of Rockford Aldermen decided not to ask for more from homeowners. The Rockford Board of Education won’t either.
Commissioners are expected to approve the Park District’s overall spending plan at tonight’s meeting. Next year’s budget is a little more than $30 million.