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Farm Bureau Members Concerned about Forest Preserve Tax Increase

12/03/2019 @ 12:00 pm

In October, Farm Bureau sent voting members with email addresses on file a SNAP Viewpoint Survey to garner their thoughts on a proposed property tax increase for the Cook County Forest Preserves.  By a two-to-one margin, members overwhelmingly opposed the proposal.


Members who supported the proposed increase indicated that they would like the funds allocated to the following items, in order of preference: maintenance of existing sites; shoring up pension funds; additional amenities at existing sites; purchasing additional acres; improvements at the Brookfield Zoo, and improvements to the Chicago Botanic Gardens.


Members were provided the following background: Forest Preserve Commissioners may ask homeowners to foot the bill for a property tax increase to fund improvements to the Cook On average, Cook County homeowners pays around $50 per year for the preserves.  While not final, early estimates would ask voters to pay an additional $17 more per year.  The increase is anticipated to raise over $40 million per year. 


In October Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle announced that a property tax increase would not be considered by voters.


Future SNAP Viewpoint Surveys may be sent to voting members with email addresses on file.  If you are a voting member and have not provided Farm Bureau with your email, please contact (708) 354-3276 to add your email.


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