PERFORMANCE

FINANCIALLY STRONG

The Park District works to continuously address the needs of the community and improve the quality of services, parks, and facilities without relying solely on taxes to support these efforts.  The following charts measure the Park District’s efforts in maximizing alternative funding, efficiently aligning resources, and managing funds and debt in a sustainable manner.

Current Year Overall

Non-Tax Revenue

Non-Tax Revenue includes the percent of revenue collected by the Park District that does not come from the local tax levy, such as program revenue, fees and charges, sponsorships and donations, intergovernmental revenue (including grants), rental income, other miscellaneous revenue (including non-resident fees, vending machine revenue, rebates, etc.), and other financing sources (including debt service proceeds and transfers). The Park District’s set a goal to reach 50% by 2024 but reached it in 2021 instead. Hover over the chart for more detail. 

Note: From 2011-2013, the Park District issued $10 million in debt each year to help fund capital improvements including the Gymnastics & Recreation Center, Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex, and renovation to the John Hedges Administrative and Building & Grounds facility. This partially led to the increases in revenue displayed for those years. A decline from 2013 to 2014 was anticipated as the revenue from the bond sales was no longer present.

*Data for this chart is updated annually from results from the Park District’s annual audit.

Who are the stakeholders impacted?
Program participants and staff

What does the data say?
The Park District’s overall goal is to be above 50%, which was achieved in 2018 and maintained it until the pandemic hit. We were able to reach it again and maintain from 2021 and after.

What is causing the data trend?
Growth in all programs along with grants and donations.

What outcome are we trying to achieve?
To be financially strong.

Fund Balances

Fund Balances are a ratio of total fund assets to total fund expenditures. The Government Finance Officers Association recommends 25% as a minimum fund balance target because it is a healthy balance between having enough cash in reserves to handle operations without putting an undue tax burden on the community. The Park District strives to keep fund balances between 25-30%, except for the Museum Fund, which is a hybrid fund that the Park District works to maintain at 75-80%.

*Data for this chart is updated annually in April from results from the Park District’s annual audit.

Who are the stakeholders impacted?
Staff and the Community

What does the data say?
The fund balances of the Park District’s 10 funds continue to be strong. Many of the Park District funds are over the fund balance target and the district is increasing its transfers to the capital improvement plan accordingly to stay within policy.

What is causing the data trend?
Fund balance is measured as a percent of expenses.  With a constant fund balance amount, if the expenses decrease the percentage will go up.  During 2020-2022 the District cut expenses dramatically due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Now that participation levels have stabilized, the District has resumed normal operations and fund balance transfers to reduce fund balance percentages as recommended in the District’s fund balance policy.

What outcome are we trying to achieve?                                                                                                                                  Optimize return on investment to be financially strong

Volunteer Hours

Volunteer hours include the total number of volunteer hours reported by Park District supervisors at facilities, special events, citizen committees, and other efforts as well as the amount it would cost the Park District if those volunteers had to be replaced by staff working at minimum wage ($14/hour).

Who are the stakeholders impacted?
Staff, Volunteers, and the Community

What does the data say?
The number of volunteer hours worked at the Park District in 2019 increased by about 2% from 2018.

What is causing the data trend?
A large improvement in Youth Sports volunteer hours

What outcome are we trying to achieve?
Align resources efficiently to be financially strong

Fund Performance

Fund performance compares the difference between the overall net revenue budget for each fund versus the actual results to date. Accurate budgeting ensures that the Park District is able to serve as much of the community as possible and allows the agency to plan additional park & facility improvements without any additional cost to the tax payers. Although staff strive to stay within 10% of their budget, they also work to remain nimble and able to take advantage of new opportunities for programs, rentals, grants, and cost savings. 

*Data for this chart is updated automatically as financial transactions are processed by the Park District’s finance department.

Who are the stakeholders impacted?
Staff and the Community

What does the data say?
Since 2018 the District’s tax levy has remained consistently under 5% of the total tax burden in the community. 

What is causing the data trend?
The District strives to optimize other revenue sources such as programming, grants, and donations in order to maintain its financial strength and infrastructure without an over reliance on the tax revenue.

What outcome are we trying to achieve?
Financial strength.

% of Oak Park Tax Bill

The Park District defines the measurement as the percent of property tax revenue collected in the current year by the Park District compared to overlapping jurisdications such as county, village, township, library, school districts, community colleges, and other special districts.

Who are the stakeholders impacted?
Community and staff

What does the data say?
Since 2018 the District’s tax levy has remained consistently under 5% of the total tax burden in the community. 

What is causing the data trend?
The District strives to optimize other revenue sources such as programming, grants, and donations in order to maintain its financial strength and infrastructure without an over reliance on the tax revenue.

What outcome are we trying to achieve?
Financial Strength.

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