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Olympia Fields Park District Levy Increase (April 2011)

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An Olympia Fields Park District Levy Increase was on the April 5, 2011 ballot in the Olympia Fields park district area of Cook County.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 52 (6.42%)
  • NO 758 (93.58%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to increase the current district property tax by a rate of .395 percent in order to help build, equip and operate an athletic facility at Bicentennial Park in the district.[2] As had happened in other Cook County ballot measures, the assessed property value for this measure was lower than the actual cost would be to residents. Due to the invalid information on ballots, District officials had been telling residents not to support this measure. District officials wanted to withdraw the issue from the ballot but were told it was too late so they took to informing voters about the misleading assessed value. The proposed measure stated a tax increase of $13.60 per $100,000 of assessed property but the actual increase would be $45.83 per $100,000.[3] District officials had been trying to find ways to inform voters and discouraging a vote, a suggestion of robo calls was made though likely that will not be implemented. If the referendum had been approved, district officials expected there to be lawsuits rescinding the vote and also the grant which would have also gone towards the park expansion could be lost.[4]