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How do I vote?

Election Day is March 17, 2020. Click here to find polling places. http://www.kanecountyclerk.org/Elections/Pages/Polling-Places.aspx

What is the exact question that will appear on the ballot?

"Shall the Batavia Park District, Kane County, Illinois, build and equip an indoor recreational activity center, acquire and improve land therefor and issue its bonds to the amount of $27,140,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?"

Would my taxes go up?

If passed, a $300,000 market value home would approximately see an $178 annual increase for a period of 20 years, which breaks down to roughly $15 a month, or $3.42 per week. Available online appraisal services (eg. Zillow) are a great resource to determine what the market value of your home.

HOW DO I CALCULATE THE TAX IMPACT FOR MY HOUSEHOLD?

Great question! You can use our tax impact calculator or we can do some math together! Below is an example so you may understand the tax impact for your home. The assessed value of your home is approximately one-third of the market value. So, for example, if your home's market value is $200,000 you would do the following equation to determine your impact:

$200,000 (market value) / 3 = $67,000 (assessed value, rounded up). The estimated annual tax impact is $178 per $100,000 of assessed value.
$67,000 / 100,000 = .67 | .67 x $178 (estimated impact per $100,000 assessed valuation) = $119. 26

So, a $200,000 home would see an estimated annual increase of $119.26, which breaks down to $9.94 per month, or about $2.48 per week

What is a bond referendum?

A bond referendum is a voting process that gives voters the power to decide if a municipality should be authorized to raise funds through the sale of general obligation bonds. A general obligation bond is a long-term borrowing tool (in this case, 20 years) in which a municipality pledges its full faith and credit (taxing power) to repay the debt over a specified term. Generally, general obligation bonds are the least costly financing option available to the community for potential bond projects being considered. Once the bonds are paid off, the tax associated with the bonds will go away.

Where will the new facility be located?

The location of the facility resides in the Fox Valley Business Park, located off Route 25 (River Street) at the corner of Belleview Lane and Oswalt Avenue in Batavia. The Illinois Prairie Path runs adjacent to the site location that will make for easy connectivity to the Fox River Trail in the future.

Why did it take so long for the Park District to make the site location announcement?

The site location wasn't announced earlier due to non-disclosure agreements with multiple landowners related to land acquisition negotiations.

Why aren't you building a facility on a property the Park District already owns?

The Park District has explored existing Park District-owned property and has limited options available that fit the needs of the proposed facility. For the property locations available that would accommodate the facility size needs, many have restrictions due to the land being purchased and developed with state and federal grant funds. The Park District cannot legally build a facility on those properties unless we were to do a land conversion which would result in the purchase of additional land regardless. In 2008, the public made it clear that they did not want a new facility at Hall Quarry Beach through a voter referendum.

What amenities will the facility have?

The indoor activity center would be approximately 65,100-square-feet and would include an eight-lane swimming pool, an indoor turf playing field, a multi-activity court gymnasium, an indoor walking/running track, a wellness area for group fitness and cardio, child care/birthday party room, and multi-purpose rooms.

Does the Park District have a Business Plan for the New BARC Facility?

Yes! The Batavia Park District felt it was important to create a solid business plan that is financially sustainable. The District worked with PROS Consulting to develop an achievable business plan. PROS Consulting has worked with the Batavia Park District for over 20 years. They understand the community, facility inventory, programming and the strong financial management of the Batavia Park District. PROS Consulting presented the draft business plan to the Batavia Park Board of Commissioners at the November 19, 2019 board meeting, prior to the vote to place the referendum question on the ballot. The Business Plan provides a balanced financial model for operations. The plan projects an average of 93.5% cost recovery over a 6-year period. The other 6.5% is made up of existing staff, operations and administrative costs that the Park District currently budgets for annually. Please feel free to dive into the detail with the attached Batavia Activity & Recreation Center Business Plan - Click here.

Where are the Batavia Park District boundaries?

The Batavia Park District boundaries are unique from the City of Batavia and Batavia School District boundaries. Some households that are located in Batavia actually live outside the Batavia Park District boundaries and their property taxes go towards either the Geneva or Fox Valley Park District. Similarly, there are residents whose address is in Geneva or North Aurora, but their property taxes go towards the Batavia Park District. Click here to view the Batavia Park District boundary map.

What percentage of my tax bill goes to the Batavia Park District?

5.7% of your tax bill goes towards the Batavia Park District. Click here to see Property Tax Bill Allocation.

Is the Park District selling other facilities if you build a new one?

No, the Park District plans to continue to maintain and program all other facilities. If and when the new facility is built, expanded programs and opportunities will be offered in the new facility.

Are you building a 'Fitness Center'?

No, the Park District is not building a fitness center. The proposed facility will have a wellness area that includes multi-purpose group fitness rooms and a small selection of cardio equipment machines.

What would the hours be at the facility?

Currently, the proposed facility times would be Monday-Friday, 5 am- 10 pm, Saturday 6 am- 9 pm, and Sunday 6 am- 7 pm.

What will the costs be to use the facility?

The indoor facility is proposed to be program-focused vs. membership-focused. There will be a la cart options for daily drop-in fees, quarterly, and annual passes to use for individual or bundled amenities.

Will you be offering a SilverSneakers program?

Yes! SilverSneakers is a program encouraging older adults to participate in physical activities that will help them to maintain greater control of their health. The program sponsors activities and social events designed to keep seniors healthy while encouraging social interaction. Available for adults 65+ and available through select Medicare Plans. Learn more at https://www.silversneakers.com/

Will there be public Information meetings?

Yes! The public is invited to attend upcoming information meetings scheduled for Wednesday, February 5, at 7:00 pm, located in the Civic Center Bart Room, 327 W. Wilson; Saturday, February 8 at 10:00 am, located at the Eastside Community Center's Shannon Hall, 14 N. Van Buren Street; and Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 pm, located in the Civic Center Bart Room, 327 W. Wilson.

In addition, the public is always welcome to attend the monthly Park Board meetings that occur every third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm, located at the Civic Center, 327 W. Wilson Street.

Why did the Park Board adopt a resolution to go out to referendum in 2020?

Batavia Park District has a legacy of delivering a wide variety of quality recreational programs and experiences; however, the lack of indoor recreation space is limiting the delivery of services. Extensive community engagement and planning helped identify residents' need for indoor space and the Park District considers the addition of a new recreation center an important priority as a quality of life enhancement for the residents in which it serves. This led to the conceptual development of the Batavia Activity & Recreation Center (the BARC).

The decision to go out to referendum is in response to several years of feedback gathered from Batavia residents. In 2018, aQity Research and Insights presented the Community Needs Assessment results to the Park Board which reflected an indoor pool (25%), fitness center (19%), and indoor track (16%) as the top three priorities that the public wanted the Park District to provide, add, or improve. 52% strongly supported and 23% somewhat supported the construction of a new facility. Click here for the full Community Needs Assessment results. The Park Board continued the conversation with the public in 2019 with a Listening Tour at six different locations throughout Batavia, where a majority volunteered the need for an indoor recreational facility. In October 2019, the public was invited to an Indoor Facility Workshop where four facility concepts were proposed and a round table discussion occurred with residents. Click here to view a live presentation of the Indoor Facility Workshop. Click here to view the presentation at the November 2019 Park Board meeting.

When would the facility open?

The design and construction would be completed within 16-24 months after voter approval.

More questions?

Please contact us at marketing@bataviaparks.org or 630-879-5235 and we'd be happy to answer any other questions you have. Your additional questions will help us continue to develop our FAQ page and help your household make an informed decision this March!

The above FAQs are based on the best available information. Updates will be made to this page as needed.