District Budget Approved for 2017-2018

News Release

District Budget Approved for 2017-2018

(June 21, 2017) — The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County approved a budget for fiscal year 2017 ‒ 2018 that reflects decreased spending versus the prior year and continues to demonstrate the agency’s value to DuPage County residents.

“I think it’s a very sound, fiscally responsible budget that reflects wise use of the financial resources available to the District,” said Jack Hogan, the District’s director of Administration & Finance.

Initiatives slated for funding in 2017 ‒2018 include prairie and wetland restoration at Night Heron Marsh, Cricket Creek and Springbrook Prairie, the indoor riding arena at St. James Farm, a new fleet management facility at Blackwell, a parking lot at Dunham and a raptor dorm at Willowbrook Wildlife Center.

The budget also reflects a continued focus on operating efficiencies and shared services with DuPage County.

“The budget embodies continued operational efficiencies while still providing high-quality services and programs for DuPage County residents,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore. “The Board of Commissioners constantly challenges staff to find new operational efficiencies, and they consistently succeed in their efforts.”

An average of 2 percent of a DuPage County homeowner’s tax bill funds the District’s budget. For example, a homeowner with property that has an assessed valuation of $300,000 pays only $160 annually to the District. Of that $160, $80 funds the agency’s annual operations to ensure taxpayers enjoy numerous services within the District’s nearly 26,000 acres of land, 60 forest preserves, 600 acres of lakes and 145 miles of trails. The remaining $80 funds voter-approved referendums.

Residents can view the budget and see how the District allocates resources on the annual budget page on the District’s website.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 62 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
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