Move extends agreement with Kaneland for 1 year
by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—In October 2010, Elburn signed a three-year intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between local municipalities and the Kaneland School District that provided for land and cash dedications and school impact payments.
When Sugar Grove balked at signing the agreement, it was subsequently revised. On Tuesday, the Elburn Village Board voted to approve the revised, one-year agreement.
Sugar Grove negotiated with the district, arguing that the percentages developers would have to pay were based on tables that were outdated. Instead of the requested 60 percent in both land/cash and school impact fees, Sugar Grove called for 50 percent in land/cash and 0 percent in school impact fees.
Discussions ended when the district agreed to complete a new impact study headed by Roger Dahlstrom within one year and to change the length of the IGA to one year instead of three. Developers would be required to pay 60 percent in both land/cash and the school impact fees.
“The fees would be for buildings constructed this year only,” Village Administrator Erin Willrett said.
Elburn Village Board members agreed that the tables used to determine fees are outdated.
“One number used is $80,000 an acre. That’s dropped considerately. From that, everything else falls in place,” Village President Dave Anderson said. “The tables need to be updated, pure and simple. I think it’s a wise move (to sign this agreement).”