For eighteenth consecutive year, Elmhurst Park District earns Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

  • Wagner Community Center

Underscoring Elmhurst Park District’s consistent financial stewardship, the Park District was pleased to earn the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2024 Budget. 

This is the eighteenth year in a row the Park District received the award, highlighting its commitment to the highest principles of governmental budgeting.  

To receive the award, the Park District had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation that assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications device.

According to the Government Finance Officers Association, “Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.”  

The Park District looks forward to continuing its efforts to provide transparency to the public. Despite the financial award, the Park District faces challenges when it comes to meeting escalating community demands with limited financial resources. The Park District’s tax rate continues to be below average park district tax rates in DuPage County. It is in the lower third of all districts, based on the final 2022 Levy. 

The Park District launched a voter survey this spring to assess interest in a potential referendum for a new Wagner Community Center and new outdoor amenities, including a bandshell in Wilder Park, year-round heated restroom buildings at four locations, and converting a grass field to artificial turf at Berens Park. These proposed projects stem from feedback received during the development of the Elevate Elmhurst Parks strategic and comprehensive planning process in 2023. 

For more information and to view these proposed projects please visit Elevate Elmhurst Parks.