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If the sanitary district were to have boundaries in multiple counties, however, it would become exempt from the law, and the decision to appoint trustees would fall to state lawmakers, not the County Board.
Private email communication between district officials and engineers, attorneys and real estate brokers revealed that the sanitary district seemed eager to close any land deal it could in Kane County in order to prevent consolidation.
Officials also considered offering existing Kane County homeowners up to $30,000 apiece to annex to the district, records show.
"Consolidating the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District is far from a done deal, and it's an issue that the county and the village have agreed is in the taxpayers' best interests," Franks said in the statement. "Fortunately, that discussion can now begin, honestly and earnestly, without distraction."
Sanitary district members did not return requests for comment.