Homer CCSD 33C
Goodings Grove Luther J. Schilling William E. Young William J. Butler
Hadley Middle Homer Jr. High
Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager
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For Immediate Release:
Dec. 4, 2017
Homer 33C fights proposal to reduce impact fees 80-90 percent in Lockport
Presents counter proposal
Homer School District 33C is fighting a proposal by the City of Lockport to reduce impact fees 80 to 90 percent.
“Impact fees help to stabilize or control growth while the city works to adequately prepare for schools, roads, water, bridges, etc. to manage the influx of incoming residents,” said Superintendent Kara Coglianese, who was surprised to read about the proposed reduction in a recent newspaper article.
She immediately contacted Mayor Steven Streit to voice her concerns.
“Learning of this decision in the newspaper was frankly startling,” she wrote in a letter to the Mayor and City Council on Nov. 8. “This decision would significantly negatively impact not only the students in my district but the infrastructure of the Lockport community overall.”
She went on to explain how a reduction in impact fees will lead to:
- Overcrowded classrooms
- Unanticipated increases to the school district budget – specifically, operations and education expenditures (The district is already struggling to find $36 million to address issues/repairs at its aging facilities)
- City infrastructure managing rapid residential growth
In mid-November, she joined superintendents from Will County School District 92 and Lockport Township High School District 205 for a meeting with Mayor Streit and City Administrator Ben Benson.
They discussed each district’s concerns and were asked to present a counter proposal. The superintendents proposed a 40 percent reduction in impact fees — the same amount that the City of Lockport has offered to cut from its own fees.
They are urging parents and other community members to join them at the Dec. 6 City Council meeting at Central Square Building, 222 E. 9th Street, Lockport, or contact city officials to voice their own concerns.
City Council members are:
- Steven Streit, Mayor
- David Palya, Treasurer
- Kathleen Gentile, City Clerk
- Jim Petrakos, 1st Ward
- Renee Saban, 1st Ward
- JR Gillogly, 2nd Ward
- Christina Bergbower, 2nd Ward
- Jason VanderMeer, 3rd Ward
- Darren Deskin, 3rd Ward
- Joanne Bartelsen, 4th Ward
- Catherine Perretta, 4th Ward
The Dec. 6 City Council meeting will begin at the conclusion of the Committee of the Whole meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.
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