Park Ridge Park District approves tax levy, postpones cell tower action
Updated: November 26, 2012 7:24PM
PARK RIDGE — Among other action taken at its meeting on Nov. 15, the Park Ridge Recreation and Park District’s Board of Commissioners:
• approved a 2012 property tax levy for approximately $6.28 million, which represents a 5.97 percent increase or about $354,100 more over last year’s tax extension amount. Park Board President Rick Biagi voted against the proposal and Vice President Mary Wynn Ryan was absent for the vote.
“I wasn’t interested in raising taxes,” Biagi said of his decision. “I don’t think staff members adequately justified why we need the additional money.”
• postponed consent for Sprint Communications to upgrade a cellular tower at South Park until additional information is made available to the public. A Sprint representative said the cell-phone service provider is updating 1,100 sites in the Chicagoland area in order for subscribers to access the 4G network. The upgrade would involve swapping antennae without increasing the equipment size or pole height.
The Park District Board is withholding permission for the upgrade until Sprint produces a radio frequency study that could be disseminated to residents living near South Park.
— By Natasha Wasinski