When it rains, it pours for Chicago Golf course owners who are already dealing with a slow economy. According to a recent article in the SouthtownStar, Chicago golf course owners in the Southland have also been hit hard by a change in Cook County’s assessment procedure that nearly doubled their property tax bills last year. The severe tax spike is due to the increase in unit pricing for properties classified as open space in Cook County.
“It’s a double whammy,” said Tom Birmingham, clubhouse manager at Flossmoor Country Club. “To do this in the middle of this recession and with the general state of country clubs in the area makes it really tough. Households are struggling, too. Golf is part of their disposable income, so it’s the first thing they cut in their budget,” he said.
Some Chicago golf public courses have seen a nearly 100% increase in the tax bills between 2008 and 2009. Here are property tax bills several courses paid in 2008 and 2009:
Evergreen Golf & Country Club, Evergreen Park: $101,447 (2008), $206,457 (2009), 103 percent.
Gleneagles Country Club, Lemont: $167,312 (2008), $300,690 (2009), 80 percent.
Midlothian Country Club, Midlothian: $226,751 (2008), $393,829 (2009), 74 percent.
Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields: $584,643 (2008), $957,420 (2009), 64 percent.
Ravisloe Country Club, Homewood: $214,460 (2008), $362,572 (2009), 69 percent.
Silver Lake Country Club, Orland Park: $277,070 (2008), $477,162 (2009), 72 percent.
SOURCE: COOK COUNTY TREASURER’S OFFICE
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