Letter: In support of the Forest Preserve referendum
I am writing in support of the Kane County Forest Preserve Land Acquisition and Preserve Improvement Referendum on April 5.
Within my memory, Randall Road went from a sparsely-traveled country road to a high speed north-south route through the county that has become overcrowded, busy and slow. The congestion on Randall Road is a stark reminder of the rapid changes that Kane County has undergone in recent years, to the point where we are worried about increased flooding, depletion of our underground water supplies, the shortage of open space, and the high taxes we pay for our schools.
Now we have the opportunity to make a very small investment—around $1 per month for the average homeowner—that will pay big dividends in our quality of life while increasing wildlife habitat, lessening flooding, increasing aquifer recharge, and providing outdoor recreational space. With numerous willing sellers and the lowest land prices in decades, this is an excellent time to add 1,500 to 2,000 acres to our forest preserves in order to expand and connect existing preserves as well as to add trails, public access and other amenities.
With this “breather” in the unsustainable growth rate, and while land prices are at bargain levels, it is with a sense of urgency that I suggest that now is the time to catch up to the other counties in the Chicago Metropolitan area, all of which have more forest preserve land than Kane does. Please join me in voting yes for the Kane County Forest Preserve Land Acquisition and Preserve Improvement Referendum on April 5.