Forest Preserves of Winnebago County 2016-2017 Budget
The Forest Preserve District derives its working capital from two primary sources. The District’s tax levy is distributed into the corporate, debt service, botanic garden, retirement, liability reserve and development funds. The 2016-2017 tax rate is expected to be .11955 cents per one hundred dollars of assessed real estate valuation, which means that the Forest Preserve District has the lowest tax rate of any taxing body within Winnebago County.
The second source of income is the service fees generated by campgrounds, shelterhouses, equestrian trails, golf courses, etc.,. The District also utilizes private, federal and state grant programs to supplement its funds for land acquisition and development. Since its inception, the District has been awarded nearly three million dollars in land acquisition grants from the State of Illinois OSLAD (Open Space Land Acquisition and Development) program and other programs. The District also receives funds through programs such as the Department of Natural Resources to fund construction of canoe launches, trails, parking and restroom facilities.