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Kane County Voters Decide $50-Million Referendum

posted January 12th, 2017

The Kane County Forest Preserve District could add as much as 1500 acres if voters approve a referendum in April. The Kane County Forest Preserve Commission approved a resolution to put a $50-million question on the ballot. The Naperville based Conservation Foundation has backed previous open space questions in Kane and DuPage counties. Brook McDonald is President and CEO of the Foundation. He tells WDCB News there are still opportunities for open space preservation. McDonald says there are a lot of large parcels remaining in Kane County, but the Forest Preserve District there is focused on properties that are adjacent to existing forest preserves. He says that's a more efficient way to take care of current preserves and enhance open space preservation. This is the second smallest open space referendum the Kane County Forest Preserve has put before voters in the past 18 years. McDonald says the district previously won support for questions totaling
$260-million.