School Board, Elburn approve Intergovernmental Agreement

KANELAND—Kaneland School Board members on Monday voted 7-0 to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the village of Elburn.

The board on May 14 held a discussion that included collection of land/cash and capital impact fees, and passed a resolution stating their support of the terms included in the agreement. The Elburn Village Board on June 4 approved the IGA with two revisions: removal of language limiting the agreement to the municipality, which will allow other municipalities to enter the IGA; and the addition of language that permits modification of the IGA should another municipality enter the agreement with “lower payment tables.”

A document from Superintendent Jeff Schuler states that the second revision does not mean payments are lowered if another municipality decides on their own to lower the capital impact payments or land/cash payments. Rather, this is only applicable if the School District “agrees to lower payments through the approval of an IGA.”

I think the hardest part of (the IGA) is predicting what’s best for the community and the school years into the future, long after the individuals making these decisions are no longer serving,” School Board President Cheryl Krauspe said. “We don’t want to encumber future boards by decisions we’ve made now, and we don’t wish to be shortsighted in trying to anticipate what revenue needs and expenditures will require.

“That’s why we paid for the study and rely on its validity. We depend on our communities to represent the School District fairly in their negotiations with developers.”