Sharing future boundary bounty

By on September 24, 2010

[quote]by Lynn Meredith
MAPLE PARK—The Maple Park Board decided Monday to keep the door open to finding common ground with Cortland on where the two villages’ boundaries meet, but they want more equitable terms.

Since 2002, when growth was sweeping the communities of Cortland and Maple Park, the two villages envisioned the day when their borders would meet. Even though growth has slowed, the villages still are envisioning how far each will expand.

At issue are the shared revenues at a possible I-88 interchange and its four corners of potential commercial development.

Cortland has offered a 70-30 split of the revenues and a sharing of the property and sales taxes only, rather than comprehensive revenue sharing, said Maple Park’s Village Attorney, Kevin Buick.

The village had assumed a 50-50 split and the establishment of a zone from which the villages would share revenue. The concept is based on a local model of DeKalb and Sycamore’s agreement along Route 23. The Maple Park Board did not react favorably to Cortland’s offer.

“We do our share, they do their share and we get 30 percent,” Maple Park trustee Mark Delaney said.

The Elburn Herald contacted the Cortland Village Administrator about the Maple Park Board’s reaction but did not receive a response before press time on Wednesday.

Village President Kathy Curtis questioned whether Maple Park should continue the negotiations with Cortland.

“I don’t know how many thousands of dollars we have spent on drafting this agreement over the years. It’s been on the agenda for 10 years. We’ve spent $1,200 just this fiscal year. How can we keep investing this money and not (be) making strides?”

However, the board determined that an agreement is necessary to protect Maple Park’s interests.

“Even if there is no revenue sharing agreement, we need to draw the line in the sand,” Delaney said. “We have to get how far east they go and how far west we go.”