With debate building over the future of Evanston’s Chandler-Newberger Recreation Center, it seems like a good time to ask a basic question: Who should pay for recreation centers — the people who use them — or all city residents through the property tax?

With debate building over the future of Evanston’s Chandler-Newberger Recreation Center, it seems like a good time to ask a basic question: Who should pay for recreation centers — the people who use them — or all city residents through the property tax?


Who should pay for city rec centers?Market Research

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Noyes Art Center

    The art center is the clearest choice to close or remove all tax funding and require it to pay for the land and building. 

    NU provides enough 'arts'—-and with the job market—as it always has been for even NU grads in the arts, there will be a long list of those who can man the 'Arts Center' if it becomes fully private.

    At least Chandler provides physical exercise.

  2. If you ask this type of

    If you ask this type of question, we should also ask- Would you rather maintain your current property tax bill, and pay for all types of rec. services out of pocket, or would you rather pay more and have them included.  I personally want something for all the money I pay, so your question is sort of a catch-22.   Right now, I'm going to pay lots and get nothing.  Doesn't seem right.

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