The town a few dozen yards east of me is Skokie, Illinois. Taxpayers in that town paid for the construction of a crew facility--the Dammrich Rowing Center on the North Shore Channel--that hosts practices and meets from private high schools as well as Northwestern University, a very expensive private college.
None of these schools are even in Skokie.
Illinois has the nation's second highest property taxes.
Do you wonder why?
Pretty, yes. But can the schools at least pay rent?