Study finds Illinois park districts a boon to economy

December 1, 2016 02:18 AM

A recent Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) report contains impressive information regarding the role of Illinois park districts as a significant employer and contributor to the local economy, as well as highlighting the park district's efforts to rely on self-sustaining revenue options as a way to limit dependency on local property taxes.

The report found that:

  • park districts, forest preserves, conservation districts, and special recreation agencies employ more than 67,000 people statewide.
  • these jobs represent nearly $720 million paid in wages and compensation.
  • more than 62% of an agency’s employees live within the district where they work.
  • roughly half of these jobs provide important early work experience for younger adults (ages 25 and under).
  • statewide, more than half of agency revenues come from non-tax sources, including earned revenue (program fees and memberships) and other sources (grants, donations, interest, etc.)
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