Wilmette Park District
Financial Planning & Policy Committee
Meeting Minutes
Monday, November 17, 2014
6:30 p.m. – Village Hall Training Room

Attendees Present

Commissioners/Committee: Chair Olvany, Brault, Benz
Commissioners: Crowley
Staff: Wilson, Eppelheimer, Lambrecht, Bowen, Felicicchia

Attendees Absent


I. Meeting Called to Order

Meeting called to order 6:30 p.m.

II. Approval of Minutes

A. Commissioner Benz moved to approve the minutes from October 27, 2014, seconded by Brault; all voted yes, the motion carried.

III. Communication and Correspondence


IV. Recognition of Visitors


V. New Business

A. PTAB Resolution 2014-R-11

Superintendent Eppelheimer reported that the Park District is served with property tax assessment board (PTAB) appeals through the Cook County Board of Appeals. These are reviewed by our attorney Robbins Schwartz when the appeal is in excess of $100,000 in assessed value. The appeal is uncontested and successful could cost the District about $2,653 in real estate taxes being withheld from current real estate tax collections, so no means for recovery.

Commissioner Brault moved to recommend that the PTAB Resolution 2014-R-11 be approved by the full Board for approval, seconded by Benz; all agreed.

B. 2014 Tax Levy Report

Superintendent Eppelheimer reviewed and discussed with the Committee the Tax Levy Report handout. He stated the Truth-In-Taxation Resolution was passed last week. On Monday, December 8th, the Board is scheduled to hold a public hearing for the 2014 Tax Levy. The Tax Levy Ordinance 2014-O-6 is attached to this packet. The meeting notice will be in the Wilmette Beacon on November 27th. He recapped that the tax levy has a 1.04% increase in the aggregate tax and with the bonds and interest included the increase is calculated to be a 0.15% increase.

Commissioner Brault moved to recommend that the Tax Levy Ordinance 2014-O-6 be approved by the full Board, after the Hearing, seconded by Benz; all agreed.

C. Non-Resident Fee Lakefront Revenue allocation for Referendum Debt

Commissioner Olvany stated that at the last Lakefront Committee meeting that the Lakefront Report addressed the usages of the beaches. He commented that the report referenced resident and nonresident utilizing different facilities. He asked if there was some way to possibly mimic the Golf Course Master Plan surcharge and incorporate that into the referendum process. Commissioner Benz asked if there were any legal statues that would pertain to this. Director Wilson stated that there is some guidance involved in manners such as this but it should be defensible. Commissioner Brault stated that we need to make it clear that it’s not an additional allocation to resident users of the park, but to the non-resident users. Commissioner Olvany asked Staff to research further to see what could be defined and communicated during the referendum process as a concept of spirit.

VI. Unfinished Business


VII. Next Meeting

The next meeting date to be determined.

VIII. Adjournment

There being no further business to conduct, the meeting was adjourned at 7:00 p.m.