Crete Park District is actually a very small District made up of the Village of Crete only. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend our programs and special events! Residents who pay taxes to us do get a discount on the programs. It is Board Policy that because they pay taxes to help us care for our land and buildings, they receive a discount.
Township, Monee, Steger, Indiana and Beecher do not pay taxes to the Crete Park
District. (To confirm your residency, you must check your tax bill or
your voters registration card. Crete Park District does have a map of
all homes within the District and can help you!)
Crete Township Residents: Back in 1957 when Crete Park District was formed, there was mostly farmland in the Township and the farmers didn't want to pay taxes on their land. They created the Crete Rural Park District to block the Crete Park District from serving that area. This District doesn't have parks or collect taxes, but it does still exist. Their Board is elected by the Residents of Crete Township. This can only be changed in two ways: 1 - The Residents of Crete Township have to vote yes to abolish the Crete Rural Park District or 2 - By the dissolution of the Crete Rural Park Board by their Board Members and then the Residents of Crete Township would have to vote to join the Crete Park District.
Crete Park District is aware there are several homes in the township with children who need our services. We have created the Resident Pass for those who use our services regularly, but are unable to pay the nonresident fees. For more information, please see the Resident Pass section below.
The Resident Pass was designed for those who participate in several of the District programs but do not live inside the District. If you purchase the pass, you receive all of the benefits of a Crete Park District Resident and pay Resident rates. The cost is $175 for one year and is good for your entire family! $175 is an approximate amount of taxes paid on the average home in our District. Once you pay this fee, we consider you a taxpayer and you are deserving of all the benefits of being a Resident of Crete Park District.