Imagine this: your property tax raising nearly $300 over the next ten years, or more.
Got your attention, didn’t I?
And sure, that may not sound like a lot of money to some, but $300 isn't some trivial amount of money, either. (Ed. note: this assumes a home value of $500,000.)
Question is, why am I mentioning a potential tax increase? Here’s the deal.
Last week, a , open to the general public, was held to discuss the impending construction of a in the southwest corner of Spring Rock Park. It saw both supporters and opponents of the proposal.
The field would undeniably benefit all facets of sporting in Western Springs, providing a larger, more forgiving location for soccer, football, lacrosse and even baseball around town.
While the Township of Lyons is behind the proposal, it will issue a grant of just over $500,000, roughly, to aid the project. The completion of the endeavor would cost nearly double the Township’s offering.
And since you have likely put two and two together, you can see that the remaining money would be on course to come out of village residents’ pockets in the amount of about $30 extra per year, for ten years. The revenue would have to stem from taxes, seeing as the W.S. Recreation Department doesn’t possess sufficient funds to carry out such a gargantuan plan.
Now, the scheduled meeting to discuss the idea was purposely made public. It’s up to Western Springs property owners to attend and voice their opinions.
Fairly and at least somewhat unselfishly. Not just “I don’t want to pay $30 extra per year just because.” If people legitimately disagree with the proposed solution to the turf field payment predicament or are financially pressed, that’s no problem at all.
But honestly, despite $300 being more than just a few bucks, it’s a) over ten years and b) worth it. The incorporation of something like this would change a lot.
If approved, the field would open doors Western Spring-ers haven’t even considered yet. Kids wouldn’t have to head to the park, only to be turned back by inclement field conditions or an overcrowded playing space. Furthermore, it would draw moderately inactive kids to horse around on a brand new creation that would surely be a sight to see by itself.
I get that I’m not a taxpayer. But I get the idea. And honestly, a mere $30 a year to support local youth sporting (and adult sporting, for that matter) is completely worthwhile.
You know my vote; what will yours be?