Today, Cook County Forest Preserve District Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled her FY 2011 Executive Budget Recommendation for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The balanced budget holds the line on property taxes for the third straight year in a row.
“This budget is sustainable in that it holds the line on taxes for the third year in a row, calls for increased operational efficiencies and provides for the continued expansion of our holdings and programming,” said President Preckwinkle. “We are setting a new standard with an unprecedented effort to serve Cook County’s families, our volunteers and the visiting public at large.”
The FY 2011 budget includes a total appropriation of $160.2 million dollars and provides:
- A $57.1 million dollar operating budget for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County;
- Contributions to the Brookfield Zoo and Chicago Botanic Garden of $14.88 million dollars and $9.35 million dollars, respectively;
- A contribution of $4.5 million dollars towards land acquisition;
- The elimination of three positions and addition of nine front-line and police personnel, including a Compliance Administrator to ensure full compliance with the Shakman Decree;
- An intergovernmental agreement with Cook County government allowing the County to perform the Secretary of the Board and Intergovernmental Affairs functions. The two positions previously responsible for these duties are not funded in this budget; and
- The creation of three new programs, all focused on creating new opportunities for volunteers and potential preserve partner organizations.
All of the documents relating to the FY 2011 Executive Budget Recommendation, including the proposed budget and the President’s full speech, are available to be viewed at the Cook County Forest Preserve District’s website.