by Lynn Meredith
MAPLE PARKâ€”In a close vote, the Maple Park Village Board passed a motion to sign an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the Kaneland School District. The agreement calls for municipalities to collect impact and land-use fees from developers to offset costs of educating children of new residents to the district.
The IGA asks the towns of Elburn, Virgil, Sugar Grove, Maple Park, Kaneville, Montgomery and Cortland to bind together to defray at least a part of the immediate financial demands on facilities and services whenever development comes into the district. From 1997 to 2010, Kaneland enrollment doubled. The district wants to maintain consistency so that developers are not paying different levels of fees in various communities.
The three-year agreement calls for the collection of land dedications or cash equivalent payments from residential developers, along with school impact fees. The district uses the land-cash payments to obtain school sites in the municipalities. The impact fees are based on tables and apply to all new annexation agreements.
â€œThe tables have not changed (from the previous IGA), but the assessed values have gone down,â€ Maple Park Village President Kathy Curtis said. â€œThey apply to new construction and new annexation.â€
The IGA implements a phased-in schedule of payments based on home value. In 2011, a new $200,000, three-bedroom home will be assessed $3,560 in impact fees. By 2013, the impact fee will be $5,934.
Trustee Terry Borg said that the idea of the IGA is to have all of the communities that make up the Kaneland School District support the schools equally.
â€œCurrent residents are not taxed to pay for new residents,â€ Borg said, â€œNew people to the community pay the same amount to support the School District as current residents.â€
The vote was split with Debra Armstrong, Suzanne Fahnestock and Terry Borg voting to sign the agreement. Nick Moisa and Mark Delaney voted against it. Trustee Pat Lunardon was absent but provided a statement.
â€œShe said that she was not in agreement with the IGA. She said that we were not on a level playing field and that the agreement binds us,â€ Curtis said.
The motion passed in a 3-2 vote.