Clarifications need to be made to this mythical $4,000 figure for expenses at the dog park. Having done these specific jobs many times, it should break down like this.
Spraying fence lines: Twice a year, one employee, $15 an hour, chemicals $20 – $70.
Mowing: Diesel fuel $5 per mowing, once a week for 30 weeks – $150.
One employee at $15 per hour mowing one-half hour per week for 30 weeks – $225.
One employee at $15 per hour trimming one-half hour per week for 30 weeks – $225.
One employee at $15 per hour picking up waste and trash 1 hour per week for 52 weeks – $780.
The yearly total is $1,450.
Garbage pickup is on the weekly route, so there should not be an extra charge.
All maintenance is completed with other parks on a weekly route.
The dog park was built and paid for by volunteers. It was constructed to give dogs a safe place to run off leash; the fence and gate were never intended to keep people out or as a turnstile to charge fees.
Park District thinking is fundamentally flawed; what is wrong with this park now being supported by taxes?
What are the expenses for horse trails? Do they clean up after their animals? How many taxpayers in Dixon city limits have horses, and are they charged a fee?
Memorial Pool, golf course, skate park, and coming soon, a dog park. They just cannot seem to spend tax money on the taxpayers, and they want to pass a referendum with the only reason given, to bring in more money?
Again, I say the Dixon Park District should voluntarily dissolve and reform using school boundaries with a new board representing everyone, with fresh revenue, ideas, direction and new focus on serving taxpayers.