Dixon voters approved to allow the city to research the possibility of putting the park district under its jurisdiction.
Voters overwhelmingly supported the measure with 72% of the vote. Tuesday night’s decision is not binding. The ballot question merely asked if voters would be open to transferring control of the park district to the city.
“We think there are some efficiencies to be gained,” said Mayor Liandro Arellano, Jr. However, Park District Executive Director Debra Carey disagrees. “There would have to be some major changes for the city to take over almost 1,000 acres of land that isn’t even in their corporate boundaries.”
Carey said she’s open to working with the city, but not open to the city taking control. Still, Arrelano says consolidation would require some help from Springfield and it would take several years for the transition to go through.