$1M+ deficit could mean deep cuts for Rockford Park District

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The fate of the Sinnissippi Golf Course, Alpine Pool, and Snow Park at Alpine Hills remain in question as the Rockford Park District considers dramatic cuts to reduce a $1.2 million deficit for 2020.

The Board of Commissioners discussed potential cuts during a meeting Tuesday evening.

The Park District based its priorities on several public feedback surveys.

The Park District says the deficit is the result of keeping the amount of property taxes it collects the same for the past five years, even though the cost of doing business has continued to increase.

The District says its two main revenue streams have been declining through both fees and a declining tax base, as population and demographics shift.

It also expects to be greatly impacted by a state mandated minimum wage increase in 2020.

Last year, the Park District closed Alpine Hills Golf Course, the Forest City Queen, and Trolley Car 36.

No financial decisions have been made.

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