The first of several meetings meant to answer questions the public may have on the Arlington Heights Park District's proposed referendum will be held tonight.
The meeting is open to the public, and will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at Recreation Park. The district is expected to make a presentation on the $39 million referendum, and then answer any questions residents may have.
The district has launched a “Your Voice, Your Choice” information campaign, which has answers to frequently asked questions about the referendum on its website, and will feature a chance to hear more in-depth answers at the upcoming meetings.
District officials say they aren’t trying to advocate one way or the other for the referendum, but instead are trying to help voters make an informed decision next month.
The $39 million referendum, which is on the Nov. 6 ballot, is aimed at improving parks in the community.
If adopted the $39 million bond issue would increases taxes on a home valued at $300,000 by $26 per year in the first three years, and then by $71 per year through 2037, district figures show.
“It’s the district’s intention to try and get as much information as we can about the referendum to the community,” Executive Director Steve Scholten said.
It is similar community meetings that helped craft the plans for park improvements that the referendum would fund if approved, Scholten said.
What the park district is planning, is what the residents have asked for.
The park district’s plans for the additional funds call for renovating five pre-1970s buildings at Camelot Park, Frontier Park, Heritage Park, Olympic Park and Recreation Park.
The plans would enhance recreation opportunities at all locations, the plans say. For example, they call for adding three indoor walking tracks – one at Camelot, Frontier and Olympic parks. They also call for adding one new youth activity pool to the shallow end of the pool at Recreation Park.
The plans also call for adding a second path at Lake Arlington, which will separate wheeled and non-wheeled activities. If the referendum is adopted, the district also intends to put two lighted synthetic turf fields at Sunset Meadows and one at Frontier Park.
The informational meetings, which will outline these plans, will begin next week, and continue with 10 more in the weeks leading up to the election.
They are scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, and Monday, Oct. 29 at Recreation Park; Thursday, Oct. 11, and Thursday, Oct. 25 at Frontier Park; Monday, Oct. 15, Wednesday, Oct. 17, Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Thursday, Nov. 1 at Olympic Park; Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Camelot Park; Thursday, Oct. 18 at Heritage Park; and at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at Pioneer Park.
Scholten said the district wanted to make the meetings as convenient as possible for residents, so officials have scheduled many chances at many different locations.
At the meetings the district will give a presentation, but officials also will answer questions residents may have.
“It is a great opportunity to learn more,” Scholten said.