D203 Vs. Warrenville

School District 203 was back in court to present more documentation for their case against the city of Warrenville.

In March 2005, the district charged Warrenville with wrongfully benefitting from funds generated through the Cantera tax increment-financing district. District 203 boundaries include part of the commercial development, which largely consists of restaurants, shops, and a movie theater, providing roughly $3.3 million to District 203 each year since 2009. But the school district claims it is still owed more than it has received.

Administrators denied commenting on camera but released this statement:

“We have an obligation to our taxpayers to find out the full and accurate answer to this question. Because litigation is still pending, we believe the proper place to discuss the merits of the lawsuit is in the courts.”

At their latest board meeting, Warrenville Mayor David Brummel asked the administration to forego the litigation.

He says it has cost all parties more than $800,000 over the past eight years in legal fees, money better spent elsewhere.

“We see this as an ill-fated fishing expedition, bound to always produce an empty hook, as we have made and continue to make all of our decisions based on the law and always with the advice of our municipal attorney and a well-respected TIF bond council,” said Brummel.

School District 203 has appealed the case twice with the Illinois Appellate Court and is continuing its litigation.

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