Rockford area residents successfully protest a $1.6 million Special Service Area

A group of residents in Cherry Valley last week learned of the outcome they had hoped for when the village agreed they had more than the minimum number of signatures required to protest a proposed Special Service Area (SSA).

The Village of Cherry Valley proposed a SSA for its Stormwater Detention Facility which consisted of approximately 43 acres of land including many subdivisions, Cherry Vale mall, and Magic Waters water park.  Many residents within the proposed SSA felt they were unfairly targeted to pay for the $1.6 million project because other stormwater projects within the village where funded by the village’s general fund.  The village argued that this funding was the fairest approach because these properties were in the run-off basin.

A public hearing was set on the matter on a snowy evening in early December to begin the 60-day period for filing a protest petition for the SSA.  The petition required signatures of both 51% of the property owners within the area and 51% of the registered voters.

While the Rockford Area Association of REALTORS® had no formal position on the proposed Special Service Area, we acted as a resource to property owners who had questions on the matter.  Through the Illinois Association of REALTORS® Legal and local GAD involvement, we provide accurate information in regards to petition format and requirements.

In about two weeks time, three residents circulated petitions collecting 379 property owners and 288 voters –75% of the required signatures within the boundaries of the proposed SSA.  They even researched obituaries to see if “missing” signers were deceased.

Link to a related story in the Rockford Register Star.

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