Permits and Fees
User fees help the District continue to provide clean, well-maintained areas in DuPage forest preserves. They also help to defray costs in an equitable and realistic manner.
The Forest Preserve District traditionally spends tax revenue to provide recreational areas and amenities, including trails, parking areas, signs, drinking water, latrines, mowed turf areas, picnic tables, trash receptacles and visitor-protection services. When preserve patrons desire facilities beyond these basics, they are asked to pay a user fee to help defray the growing cost of our operations.
The District operates on a combined tax levy of assessed property value. Ever-rising costs set against a mandated tax cap impose strict limits on our facilities and recreational services.
The District's Board of Commissioners believes that those who benefit from special facilities or services should accept a larger share of the costs than DuPage County's residents who pay taxes. Similarly, the Board feels that non-county residents should also pay a higher fee for using DuPage forest preserves' facilities. In this way, taxes are kept down.