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School District begins fee discussions with municipal leaders
by Susan O’Neill
Kaneland School District officials began discussions with municipal leaders regarding an intergovernmental agreement for standardized developer fees in support of the schools. The agreement will expire at the end of 2010.

The meeting, which included village presidents of all municipalities in the district except for Virgil, took place on Monday, Nov. 16.

“From past experience, we all realize it’s best to work together,” Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels said.

Sugar Grove led the way several years ago in the creation of an intergovernmental agreement between the School District, and its municipalities that defined formulas for fees associated with residential development across the district.

“We all agreed we have to renew the agreement,” Maple Park Village President Cathy Curtis said.

Elburn Village President Dave Anderson said that all the Kaneland villages are in the same boat financially, from a development standpoint.

“We didn’t talk about money, we talked about philosophy,” Anderson said. “We’re all in agreement that we need to be united in terms of impact and transitional fees and in aiding the School District in any way we could.”

Anderson stressed the importance of having a single voice in terms of talking to developers about School District fees. He said that although he was not in office when the agreement was created, he wholeheartedly supports it.

“Whoever’s idea this was, it was an excellent thought,” he said. “Because they’re all our kids.”

Another meeting is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2010.