by Keith Beebe
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday night voted 4-3 in favor of a one-year Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the Kaneland School District. Sean Michels’ vote broke a 3-3 deadlock between board trustees.
As a result, developers in Sugar Grove will pay only 60 percent of the capital-impact and transition fees issued by the School District—a compromise that was struck after the Village Board tabled the IGA vote at its Nov. 16 meeting in order to have further discussions with the district.
“We need to protect the School District by imposing some impact fees, because that’s how they get money to (develop) their schools and fund bricks and mortar,” Michels said. “(The village) has expenses, and if we get more development, then maybe we’ll get more retail stores that will bring in more tax dollars. We’re trying to generate development in the community and still take care of the School District, and it’s a fine line.”
Several board trustees touched upon that fine line during the meeting, as Mari Johnson and Rick Montalto both stated they would move forward with the IGA despite still having some reservations with the numbers proposed by the School District.
“In the spirit of cooperation, and the fact that our agreement is expiring in a few short weeks, I think it’s probably better to go forward on the faith that what we’ve been told by the School District is actually true,” Montalto said.
Michels said the board is looking out for village residents and the future of the village.
“We need to work with the School District, and they need to appreciate what we’re doing at the same time. Even developers have acknowledged that a good school system is what sells lots,” he said.
Trustees voting in favor of the IGA extension were Michels, Johnson, Montalto and Melisa Taylor; against were Tom Renk, Kevin Geary, and Bob Bohler.