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Forest district can find needed funds

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Commissioner Michael Formento stated that there is no funding in the DuPage Forest Preserve District's budget to get the Churchill buildings up to code. I thought the citizens of DuPage might be interested to know that in 2007 the state legislature allowed the forest preserve district to set up a "Capital Improvement, Repair or Replacement Fund" in their budget and I think that some of this money should be used to stabilize the Churchill buildings with a new roof much like they will be stabilizing the Greene Farm barn.

The legislation says forest preserve districts, "in the preparation of the annual appropriation ordinance, may set aside an amount not to exceed .02 percent of the equalized assessed value of the forest preserve district and may accumulate a separate fund for the purpose of specific capital improvements, repairs or replacement of district equipment or other tangible property. The fund must be designated as the Capital Improvement Repair or Replacement Fund, and expenditures from the fund must be appropriated for the fiscal year in which the capital improvement, repair or replacement will occur."

It is the responsibility of the forest district to take this upon themselves and not expect the Citizens for Glen Ellyn Preservation group to find funding for them. These buildings are their heritage and the heritage of DuPage County. If they want to honor the WPA men who put their souls into those buildings they can find a way to keep Churchill standing. Their staff is set up to work with trusts and grants and continually are searching for money for the preserves,

Barbara Plumer

Charlotte, N.C.

Granddaughter of Robert L McKee, first superintendent of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District