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 petitions of 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.

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.

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

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.

To learn more

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

- Joseph Bustos

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