A permanent property tax freeze would have a detrimental impact on the ability of NWSRA to provide important recreational programs and services. NWSRA receives a majority of its funding directly from its Member Park Districts. Unlike municipalities, Park Districts do not receive any local government distributive fund dollars, nor do they share in other state revenues like motor fuel tax funds or receive general state aid like school districts. A property tax freeze would have a greater impact on Park Districts, because they do not have these other alternative sources of revenue like some taxing agencies have. Following is an example of one taxpayer's property tax bill in the northwest suburbs, and the amount attributed to the Park District, and subsequently NWSRA:
The Park District member contribution to NWSRA accounts for the majority of the NWSRA annual budget, as shown below:
Due to declining home values from 2008-2015, NWSRA member contributions have decreased over the years. Without alternative avenues of funding, the property tax freeze will also freeze NWSRA funding to remain at its current level. With the increase in adults with disabilities transitioning out of high school, rise in diagnoses of individuals with autism, multiple diagnoses including Alzheimers for aging populations, the need for increased services is evident. The property tax freeze will directly impact the ability of NWSRA to provide these necessary services.