On June 9, 1925, the Arlington Heights Park District was formed with Commissioners Nathaniel Banta, Henry Klehm, Eugene Berbecker, Albert Volz, and Julius Flentie.
By a community-elected, five member, Board of Commissioners
, each of whom serves four years. Current Board consists of Maryfran H. Leno, President; Myles A. Naughton, Vice-President; Robert J. Nesvacil; Robert E. Smith, and Robert L. Whisler.
The 16.2-square mile District is located in northern Cook County and southern Lake County, 27 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. It lies in Elk Grove and Wheeling Townships and is bordered by Buffalo Grove and Wheeling to the north; Elk Grove Village on the south; on the west by Rolling Meadows and Palatine; on the east by Mt. Prospect. The District serves most of Arlington Heights and small portions of Palatine, Mt. Prospect, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, and Lake County.
The Park District's population is approximately 77,784. It’s the third largest suburb in Cook County, the eighth largest suburb in the Chicago Metropolitan area and the twelfth largest community in the State of Illinois.
The equalized assessed value of real estate for 2009 is $3,517,661,096 (most recent available).
The tax rate for 2009 is .392 per $100 of assessed value (most recent available).
The Park District collects real estate property taxes to fund the general operation of the government. Information concerning the revenue sources of the Park District may be found in Financial Summary of the 2010/11 Annual Operating Budget.
Fiscal Year Budget
The operating budget for 2010/11 is $24,169,431. The fiscal year begins May 1 and concludes on April 30. For more detail five years of the Park District Annual Operating Budget and Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs) are provided.
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The District issues General Obligation Bonds periodically for capital improvements. In April 2010, the Park District received an improvement in its bond rating to Aaa by Moody’s Investors Service. The Aaa rating (highest rating available) will allow the Arlington Heights Park District to issue debt at the lowest possible interest rate.
Public Meetings, Agendas and Minutes
Open Meeting Laws
The Park District falls under the provisions of the Illinois Open Meetings Act. All board, commission and committee meetings are open to the public and notice of the meetings is provided to the news media at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Notices of upcoming meetings are also published on the Park District's website. Questions regarding the Open Meetings Act may be addressed to the Executive Director’s Office
All administrators and managers contact information is displayed in the Staff Directory
The Park District displays the current operating budget and the previous years audited financial statement in the Financial Documents
. Questions regarding Park District finances may be addressed to the Director of Finance and Personnel at 847-506-7878.
Park District Employee Salary Ranges
The Board of Commissioners reviews full-time employee salary ranges
by department annually as part of the budget process. The Park District’s organizational chart
can be found in the Overview Section of the Park District Annual Operating Budget and the introductory section of Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs).
Requests for Proposal/Bids
The Arlington Heights Park District publishes Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and/or bid specifications for a variety of projects, programs and products. RFPs and Bids are published in local newspapers in compliance with local, state and federal laws.
The Park Board monitors legislation at the local, state and federal levels to stay abreast of issues that may affect the Park District. The Park District is a dues-paying member of numerous associations that may conduct legislative advocacy initiatives at the state and/or federal levels. These associations include the Illinois Association of Park Districts
and the National Park and Recreation Association
The request for access to public records must be made in writing. A written request does not have to be made on a standard form, though the Arlington Heights Park District does provide a Freedom of Information Form
online or at the Park District’s Administration Office at 410 North Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004. You may submit your written request in person at the address listed below - or via mail, fax, or email.
Please submit your request to:
Arlington Heights Park District
410 N. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004