[BCNnet] BCNnet: Action Alert: Urge Cook County not to raid Forest
Birdchris at aol.com
Birdchris at aol.com
Mon Feb 5 23:00:29 CST 2007
Take action to protect Cook County Forest Preserves!
Action: Contact your Cook County Commissioner on Feb. 6 and tell him or her
to vote NO on Feb. 7 to taking $11 million from the budget of the Forest
Preserve District of Cook County to the county’s budget shortfall.
Please call, fax or email your Cook County Commissioner on Tues., Feb. 6 and
ask for a NO vote. You can find out who your commissioner is and how to
contact his or her office at http://www.fotfp.org/pdf-files/commissioners.pdf
You may also speak during the public comment period at the regularly
scheduled Cook County Board meeting on Weds., Feb. 7 at 10:00 a.m. at the County
Building at 118 N Clark St, 5th floor.
On Jan. 11, the Cook County Board of Commissioners announced its plan to
take $11 million from the budget of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County
to help balance the Cook County budget shortfall.
Commissioners will vote on this proposal at the regular meeting on Feb. 7.
While other county departments are being asked to reduce their budgets by
17%, the Forest Preserve District is being asked to cut its budget by 25%. This
sort of budget maneuvering is especially egregious, given that the Forest
Preserve District of Cook County is a separate governmental agency established
by state statute: It is not a department of Cook County.
The proposal to take $11 million from the Forest Preserve District would not
go far toward solving the county’s $500 million budget shortfall, but would
greatly restrict the Forest Preserve District’s ability to properly manage
the 68,000 acres of public lands within its care for wildlife and human use.
Cook County Commissioners have other means at their disposal to reduce the
budget deficit and should not raid the budget that enables the county to
preserve, protect and manage precious natural areas.
Please take five minutes and phone, email or fax your Cook County
Commissioner or come to the Feb. 7 meeting and let Commissioners express your
opposition to this $11 million raid on Forest Preserve District budget.
Questions? Please contact COS Conservation Chair, Christine Williamson, at
birdchris at aol.com or 773.935-8439.
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