The Finance Committee of the Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the FY 2022 Executive Budget Recommendation of President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 6 pm. This session is a Virtual Public Hearing due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
President Preckwinkle Presents 2022 Budget Recommendation
Forest Preserves of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle introduced the 2022 Budget Recommendation to the Forest Preserves of Cook County Board of Commissioners on October 5, 2021.
The Forest Preserves of Cook County Fiscal Year 2022 total budget request for all funds is $136.6 million dollars, an increase of 1.8 percent over last year. This includes $23.4 million dollars to continue to fund our world-class institutional partners the Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Botanic Garden, both at the same level as last year.
The Corporate budget request, which funds the day-to-day operations of the District, is $65.2 million, which is $3 million more than the Fiscal Year 2021 Corporate budget. This includes a transfer of $17.1 million from the Corporate Reserve Fund to address loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rising expenses, deferred maintenance, an aging fleet, and available property for land acquisition.