by Keith Beebe
KANELAND—Kaneland’s Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with villages in the district will expire Jan. 1, 2012, and that means the district is currently working to secure a new IGA in time for next year.
Kaneland’s current IGA addresses land-cash and capital-impact fees with nine municipalities in the district, and sets a fee table based on home type, number of bedrooms and home value. The IGA, by extending to all nine municipalities, also seeks to eliminate impact and transition fees from being a negotiation tool between individual municipalities and developers.
Superintendent Jeff Schuler said Kaneland is currently in the process of re-establishing what the IGA will be as it moves forward.
“We’ve been working on it for quite a while. I don’t anticipate any changes in terms of the current land-cash numbers. We use the land-cash numbers that are put forth by Kane County,” he said.
Land-cash contributions are involved when the School District specifies the acreage per school site and the number of students housed in those respective schools, and also sets the value per improved acre of land within Kane County. The numbers in the agreement are as follows:
• Elementary: 600 students per school, 15 acres per site
• Middle school: 900 students per school, 35 acres per site
• High school: 1,500 students per school, 80 acres per site
“The value per approved acre is $80,000, and these numbers are used to determine a land-cash contribution based on the potential student yield from the proposed development,” Schuler said. “There’s still a considerable interest in trying to keep a common agreement in place, but as of right now, there hasn’t been significant discussion about shifting land-cash contributions.”