The Lakewood Village Board is meeting tonight at 7 PM at the village’s RedTail Golf Clubhouse.
One of the items that will be on both the Woodstock District 200 School Board meeting agenda and on Lakewood’s is a measure to compensate D200 for children that may live in housing that may be built in Lakewood’s Tax Increment Financing District.
Village Trustee Paul Serwatka has sent out the following email urging Lakewood residents to attend the meeting:
I URGE YOU TO ATTEND TONIGHT’S VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
Tonight’s village board meeting will be held at Redtail Golf Club at 7:00p.m. There are two items of particular concern for which I encourage you to attend.
First – A recent FOIA request regarding the substantial development and expansion of the Turnberry Country Club as well as the Redtail Golf Course area has raised many concerns and questions from residents throughout the village. Particularly those in the Turnberry, Loch Glen and Redtail sections.
Many residents have asked for an opportunity to speak and to ask questions of village officials/staff and to have a dialogue beyond just limited “public comments”.
While parliamentary procedures of village meetings typically do not allow for this type of open, two-way dialogue, I am going to make a motion to suspend the parliamentary rules during the public comments period, to allow for this dialogue to take place. My motion will then need to be “seconded” and voted on by the board. I see no reason why any board member would not be willing to vote to allow this dialogue to take place.
Second – Agenda item 12 (See Pages 3 and 166 of the board packet at the link below) is an ordinance authorizing an intergovernmental agreement between the village of Lakewood and Woodstock school Dist-200.
I WILL VEHEMENTLY OPPOSE THIS ORDINANCE.
To be brief: Woodstock is concerned (and rightfully so) that because the Lakewood TIF Dist created at Rt 47 and Rt 176 includes Woodstock’s school dist (D-200) they would incur the costs of education of the children of any residential development that would occur within the TIF Dist.
You may remember, I spoke of this quite a bit during my campaign to become your village trustee.
Essentially, in this agreement, our village is guaranteeing that, should any residential development occur within the TIF dist, additional tax dollars will be collected from Lakewood residents outside the TIF Dist (YOU AND ME) to reimburse Woodstock in the amount of $8,680 PER STUDENT/PER YEAR plus annual increases to allow for inflation according to the CPI.
This property tax increase would be for the remainder of the TIF which is between 23 years and 35 years.
Here is a link to a recent Northwest Herald article covering this proposed Intergovernmental agreement.
I hope to see you tonight!