Dear Trustees,

I am writing to thank you for the time and attention you gave to the matter of the “parking service fee” that was applied to DTOP’s village invoices over the past year.  Your thoughtfulness and hard work in finding a resolution that is equitable to everyone is deeply appreciated.

Events are an investment in this community and bring vitality, creating a place where people want to live and do business. I have been putting on events in this village for over 10 years and I have seen the positive impact they have on small businesses as well as the community at large, so I am grateful you showed how much you value their importance as well.

DTOP is a not-for-profit organization that spends 1/3 of its budget on marketing.  Every year we budget for all our events and promotions carefully so when a large cost shows up with no forewarning, it can be devastating. I understand there are going to be certain village fees associated with events but they need to be fair, just and enacted in a timely and clear manner.

Again, I want to thank you and express my appreciation for your diligence with this matter. 

Shanon M. Williams

Executive director, Downtown Oak Park

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