Taxes & Fees (Fiscal Overview)

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Taxes & Fees
The Naperville Park District places a strong emphasis on managing and maintaining a strong financial condition evidenced in a part by our Aaa bond rating given by Moody’s Investors Service and maintained by the District since 2008. The District’s reserve or “rainy day” funds are healthy and this provides financial stability, cash flow for operations and the assurance that the District will be able to respond to emergencies with fiscal strength.

While the District continues to develop alternative non-tax revenue alternatives, we still rely heavily on taxpayer support; property taxes continue to comprise about 50% of District revenues. We take very seriously our responsibility for the stewardship of all resources including tax dollars.
 
Taxes
The following dollar bill graphic illustrates the breakdown of a typical resident’s tax bill and the percentage of funds that go to various community organizations*:


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*Taxes paid to the Park District represent about 5%.
 
History and Property Tax Rates
 

As illustrated in the chart to the left, the District’s tax rate declined during tax years 2001 and 2002. The rate increased in 2003 with the passing of P.A. 93-601 which addressed the District’s limit on its debt service extension, and 70 ILCS 1205/5-8, which removed the tax extension for the Special Recreation Fund from the aggregate extension.

Because the District is tax-capped, any time the rate of growth in the community is less than the annual change in CPI, it will result in an increase of the overall tax rate. The opposite scenario (growth rate is higher than annual change in CPI) results in a decline in the tax rate, which largely explains why the District’s rate steadily dropped during the periods of rapid growth in the community and has been increasing in recent years as negative growth has occurred.  For the most current tax year (2015) the increases in the growth rate was greater than the increase in CPI thereby producing a lower tax rate of .3317. 


For more information on how your tax bill is determined please visit the Naperville Assessors website by clicking here.

 
Program and Facility Rental Fees
Program and facility rental fees comprise the majority of remaining district revenues.
- Fees for programs can be found in our quarterly program guides by clicking here.
- Fees for facility rentals can be found by clicking here.

The Naperville Park District charges sales tax on purchases according to the City of Naperville's sales tax rate which can be found here http://naperville.il.us/retailsalestax.aspx

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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Our Mission
To provide recreation and park experiences that enrich the quality of life for our community
 
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
 
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment
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