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Voting Members Receive "SNAP" Viewpoint Survey

11/05/2019 @ 8:45 am

In October, Farm Bureau voting members who have provided their email addresses received a “SNAP” Viewpoint Survey.  The purpose of this survey was to gauge members’ thoughts on the Cook County Forest Preserve District’s possible property tax increase.  The question is below:

 

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

 

 Do you support a tax increase?

            □ Yes  □ No    □ No Opinion

 

If yes, how should the additional tax funds be spent?

□ Purchasing additional forest preserve acres

□ Improvements to the Brookfield Zoo

□ Improvements to the Chicago Botanic Gardens

□ Shore up pension funds

□ Adding additional amenities at existing sites

□ Maintenance of existing sites

 

Shortly after the survey was released to members Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle announced that a property tax increase would not be considered by voters.