I've been out of the political realm since the election this past fall. I've been all about unity and not fighting the administration that ruins runs our lives in Campton anymore. In truth, I have so much in common with many pro-campton people, but we disagree wholeheartedly on a need for more taxation and big government.
Yesterday, Judge Colwell gave reprieve to a group of homeowners who wanted to leave the Village of Campton. I guess I find some relief in knowing that homeowners who bought property in unincorporated Kane County, get to go back to what they had purchased. They got what they bargained for. However, I'd be lying if I were to say that I wasn't a weeeeeeeeeeeee bit envious. I've been in Kane County, specifically, Wasco, for over 12 years, but have lived in Campton Township or Saint Charles Township for over 35 years....since I was in 5th grade. I know things change, but this is not what I signed up for.
Ever since the election, I've been doing the corporate policy and working for unity. Some pro-campton people are incredibly vocal about boycotting my business. Other pro-campton people I've gotten to know and it's all in the past. I'd think that with this current economy, the Campton people would want businesses to succeed. I support most businesses out here. This latest news blurb stirred something inside and I felt the need to say, I'm just a little bit jealous. Good stuff guys! Congrats on your victory. I'm envious.
Here's the article from the Daily Herald.....
and the text of the Chronicle.....
To the rest of Campton....I'm back on track and still working for the betterment of our entire group. Here's the latest article as published by the Kane County Chronicle on line.
CAMPTON HILLS - When Village President Patsy Smith looks across her street in the Homeward Glen subdivision, she not only can see alpacas, she can see unincorporated Kane County.
In a written ruling late last week, Kane County Judge Michael Colwell agreed that 490 acres could be disconnected from Campton Hills. These include about 240 acres of the Goldenstein farm, about 220 acres of Corron Farm and 20 acres belonging to two of her neighbors, John McGarel and Ed Boyle.
McGarel owns a herd of 26 alpacas that were targeted for eviction and a $750-a-day fine last year, because the village's zoning did not allow livestock in a residential area. When he first bought his property, the village had not yet been formed. He did not move in until after it was approved through referendum in April 2007.
Now the alpacas live in unincorporated Kane County, and McGarel said he will apply to Kane County for the proper zoning to keep them.
"This makes us very happy," McGarel said. "I want to live in peace in unincorporated Kane County - which is what it was when I bought it. I'm going to enjoy our peace."
"We're extremely pleased with the judge's decision," Boyle added. "And it's just a shame when citizens have to spend tens of thousands of dollars to defend what was their right to do in the first place."
Smith did not return a phone message seeking comment. Village attorney William Braithwaite said he had not had an opportunity to read the decision yet and could not comment on it or the possibility of an appeal.
More than two dozen areas within the new village filed to disconnect, as allowed by statute. The village has lost several disconnections and agreed to let some areas leave. Other cases are still pending.
Colwell's ruling, similar to others, disagreed with the village's contention that losing that property would have a negative impact on its prospects for growth. As in other disconnections, Colwell found that only final and approved development plans could be considered.
Colwell also ruled against the village's contention that it would lose too much in state-shared revenue to agree to allow the disconnection. The village does not have a tax rate, but relies on revenue based on population. But Colwell noted in his ruling that the village has an equalized assessed valuation of more than $604 billion and could levy taxes and fees to make up for lost income.
"The court finds that disconnection will have virtually no impact on the Village of Campton Hills and ... the village ... will not be harmed by the loss of tax revenues in the future," Colwell wrote. " The parties agree the village's loss will be only $2,000 annually .... That amount is so trivial when compared to the village's overall revenues that it hardly bears further discussion."
McGarel's attorney, Timothy Elliott, described the legal squabble in similar terms.
"This is a trivially small disconnection that became an unnecessarily large court fight," Elliott said.