Cary golf course question may end up on April ballot

CARY – Cary Park District voters might see an advisory question on April’s ballot about the Chalet Hills Golf Course.

People who gathered petition signatures from residents saying they are against a proposed purchase of the foreclosed golf course by the park district now want voters to weigh in. The petition drive is being led by Joanne Daubner, a resident who has been adamantly against the proposed purchase.

If Daubner and her volunteers gather enough signatures, “Shall the Cary Park District acquire the Chalet Hills Golf Course?” would appear on the April ballot as an advisory question. Advisory questions let voters express their views, but they aren’t legally binding.

Daubner is aiming for about 680 signatures, which is a little more than the required amount needed for the question to be placed on the ballot.

However, the group remains far from its goal because of the holidays and cold weather.

The deadline to file petitions for an advisory question is Monday, according to the McHenry County Clerk’s Office.

Even if golf course opponents garner enough signatures, the issue of whether the park district buys the golf course might be resolved by the time of the April election.

“Will we need it by then?” Daubner said. “Will they have stopped? Will it be a done deal?”

Opponents say a purchase of Chalet Hills would take the golf course, which has been foreclosed, off the property-tax rolls, and the burden would be spread among other property owners in the area.

Daubner has presented a petition with 513 signatures of people who said they are against the purchase. Volunteers gathered signatures by going door-to-door and by standing in front of local stores, such as the Jewel-Osco, Daubner said.

At a previous meeting, residents of the Homeowners Association of Chalet Ridge said they were favor of the park district buying the golf course.

Park district officials have said the Foxford Hills Golf Club, which the park district bought in 2004, has operated as an independent, self-supporting business. Since 2004, the golf club has brought in $1.8 million.

The club has helped offset $160,000 in other park district expenses. Foxford also has provided $187,000 since 2004 for the park district’s capital projects fund, which paid for construction of the 1.8-mile Cary Community Trail adjacent to Cary-Grove Park and the Dog Park at Hoffman Park.

To learn more

For information about the petition drive, call Joanne Daubner at 847-516-8417.

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