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Joliet Park District holds final forum on tax referendum Tuesday

Joliet Park Board President Sue Gulas and Commissioner Joe Clement listen to comments Thursday at the Hartman Recreation Center during a forum about the upcoming April property tax referendum.
Joliet Park Board President Sue Gulas and Commissioner Joe Clement listen to comments Thursday at the Hartman Recreation Center during a forum about the upcoming April property tax referendum.

The Joliet Park District on Tuesday will hold the last of its three forums on a proposed tax increase.

The park district has a referendum on the April 2 ballot seeking approval for a 58 percent increase in its property tax rate.

The forum will be 6 p.m. at the Kathy Green Multi-Purpose Center, which is part of the Inwood complex at 3000 W. Jefferson St.

Park officials at the forums make a presentation on their case for the tax increase and take questions.

They have said the rate hike is needed to generate more tax revenue so the district can maintain aging facilities and upgrade parks.

Homeowners now paying $144
per $100,000 of assessed value in property taxes a year to the district and would pay $229 per $100,000 of assessed value if voters approve
the referendum, according to park officials.

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