Are park maintenance services being reduced at parks in other parts of the District?

Not at this time. Eleven of the 12 benefit zones are currently funded at sufficient levels to pay for watering, maintenance, equipment replacement and other services. In Benefit Zone 3, low assessment rates were established about 20 years ago but have not been increased since 1997, except for adjustments tied to the CPI (0.50–2.5 percent in past five years). There is also a funding shortfall in Benefit Zone 6. Because the shortfall in this zone is less severe, the service reductions are less drastic as compared to service cuts currently being experienced in Benefit Zone 3.

The insufficient funding in Benefit Zones 3 and 6 do, however, have an impact on districtwide facilities, such as Elk Grove Park and Bartholomew Sports Parks. Because all benefit zones contribute to the maintenance of these districtwide facilities, improvement and revitalization projects are limited as the two benefit zones cannot afford to pay their portion. 

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1. Why have service levels and maintenance at the parks in the Elk Grove West / Vineyard Park area been reduced?
2. How will the service level cutbacks affect the maintenance of parks in Benefit Zone 3?
3. Which parks are impacted?
4. How are park maintenance costs funded?
5. What do you spend the assessment you do collect on?
6. What caused the funding shortfall for park maintenance in Benefit Zone 3?
7. Why does it appear that Jordan Family Park is still being maintained at a higher level if the benefit zone has no funding?
8. Are park maintenance services being reduced at parks in other parts of the District?
9. Why has the basketball hoop at Amundson Park been taken down?
10. What are potential solutions to closing this funding gap and restoring service levels?
11. What can I do as a property owner to help?