Barrington Hills Candidates Find Hoffman's Development 'Taxing'

Barrington Hills News
March 14, 2017

The current Village President of Barrington Hills Martin J. McLaughlin and current Barrington Hills Village Trustee Colleen Konicek Hannigan, both candidates for re-election, today announced that they are strongly opposed to any housing development outside their village's border that will place more students into CUSD 220 and 300.

McLaughlin stated that when Barrington Hills lost its village's property rights due to de-annexation of the property at the corner of Routes 59 and 72 in 2010, there should have been a push to change the school boundaries as well. The property is now part of Hoffman Estates and the developer has proposed mixed commercial and residential uses, with 1035 housing units planned.

"This was a complete miss by area leaders at the time of de-annexation
that needs to be rectified now," McLaughlin said. Konicek-Hannigan
agreed and declared that "if the developer or Hoffman Estates wants
this type of high-density development then they should bear the
financial burden, not the taxpayers of Barrington Hills and other
surrounding communities".

McLaughlin and Konicek-Hannigan ran together in 2013 on a platform of tax relief and fiscal accountability. They have delivered on their 2013 promises, reducing their village levy 3 years in a row -- taking it from $6.5 to $5.3 million today. They believe it is about time that other taxing entities start following their lead so that their constituents can feel some property tax relief.

A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, at 7:00 PM at the Hoffman Estates Municipal Center, 1900 Hassell Road, Hoffman Estates. This appears to be the only date scheduled for public comment and the candidates encourage residents to attend and be heard.

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