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Elburn fire district could lose territory to Fox River, Countryside

The Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District might gain more territory at the expense of another fire district.

Voters this summer petitioned to disconnect land from the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District and to add such territory to the Fox River district, according to court documents dated July 17.

Attorney Pat Griffin, who represents the Fox River district, said the territory is bound by LaFox Road to the east, Anderson Road to the west, Campton Hills Road to the south and Empire Road to the north, although some agricultural land is included just north of Silver Glen Road.

About 128 people signed the petition to disconnect, he said, but the number of residents in that area is around 3,000.

The petition is a mechanism for voters to put a question about the disconnection on the Nov. 4 ballot, Griffin said.

He said a judge had to hear the petition and determine several factors, such as whether the territory would receive comparable service from the Fox River district and whether the disconnection would cause serious injury to the Elburn district.

Kane County Circuit Judge David Akemann last week found that the conditions for transfer and disconnection were met, according to a court document dated Aug. 28.

“The Elburn FPD argues that the evidence showed that there would not be a proportionate adjustment to expenditures to match the loss of revenue,” according to the document. “In fact, very little evidence was received by any party as to what the effect of the disconnection would be on Elburn FPD expenditures.”

The document also indicated the court certified the referendum questions presented by the petition.

Only those living in the territory in question will be able to vote on whether to disconnect from the Elburn district, Griffin said.

A simple majority is needed for the disconnection process to proceed, Griffin said.

The referendum is on the agenda for the Fox River district’s special board meeting at 7 p.m. today in Station 3, 34W500 Carl Lee Road, St. Charles.

The questions are as follows:

For making the transfer from the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District to the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District, remaining liable for a proportionate share of the bonded indebtedness outstanding as of the date of disconnection, if any, of the district from which disconnection is proposed and also assuming a proportionate share of the bonded indebtedness, if any, of the district to which transfer is proposed.

Against making the transfer from the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District to the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District, remaining liable for a proportionate share of the bonded indebtedness outstanding as of the date of disconnection, if any, of the district from which disconnection is proposed and also assuming a proportionate share of the bonded indebtedness, if any, of the district to which transfer is proposed.

On the Web

Visit www.kanecountyelections.org and click “Referenda” to view the Nov. 4 question concerning the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District.

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