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Here we go again

Dear Editor:

It seems like it was just a few years back when the subject of a new Rec Center came up in Palos Heights. Oh yes, it was just a few years ago by golly! At that time it was put to referendum and was voted down soundly by the residents of Palos Heights. For sure, it was a larger, more grandiose center then, at the tune of $16 plus million, so now our local government is at it again at a much reduced amount of $6 plus million.

Now I am not against the citizens getting exercise at all, but I am not sure that this type of expansion is needed at all. We currently have an adequate facility for a town of about 13,000 residents. In the recent mailing it lists the many offerings that the new center will have. Many of those meeting/gathering types of functions listed can already be handled in the rooms that exist. Others functions/sports can be handled in the existing gym space. Granted, there are a few of the items that could not be handled at the existing center, but some of those will also be competing with businesses that exist already (fitness programs, personal training, batting cages, volleyball to name a few). Any expansion into these areas will no doubt hurt local businesses who pay taxes already (I am sure Charter Fitness does not relish the thought of losing business to this facility, which would be a block away from theirs, and I am sure Wimbledon has plenty of volleyball type programs, for example). Anyone who wants the use of these additional facilities that would be part of a new Rec center can use existing private ones and pay the fees for the use, not have all of Palos Heights’ residents subsidize the few that will use this new facility.

The information letter tells us that this will have little impact on our tax bill. The city portion is only one aspect of the local part of our tax bill, we also have the fire district, the school district, etc. Has anyone seen their tax bills go down over the past five years. Even a couple hundred dollar increase does not help. We are already paying more than 2 percent of our real estate values here in Cook County. To have a large project that will add to all of our tax bills, when people are already bailing out of Illinois due to taxes, seems to make no sense at all when all things are considered. This is not a lot of talk either, as I know builders across the border in Indiana and they tell me that greater than 50 percent of the homes being built there are for people coming from Illinois. Part of the reason – Indiana taxes are 1 percent of real estate value.

Why our governments continue to think that they have to become larger and larger is a mystery to me. Let’s concentrate on limiting our local governmental entities rather than expanding them. Let’s all think about this when voting on the proposed referendum coming up.

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