It's back to the drawing board in Kronenwetter after residents reject an expensive solution to the village's groundwater problem.
The village is considering how to move forward, after residents opposed a $534,202 plan to decrease the groundwater level. A plan, they would have had to pay for.
Last year snow run off and lots of rain flooded the basements of dozens of households in two Kronenwetter neighborhoods, causing the groundwater level to rise.
To address the issue, the village hired an engineering firm to come up with a solution. The plan was to install the expensive storm sewer system in the Golden Pond.
To pay for it, the village considered ordering a special assessment on property owners.
Depending on their proximity to the area that was flooded, they'd pay a one time special property tax of between $746 and $2,239.
During a public hearing Wednesday, residents said no way.
"We had a lot of people say well don't you understand that times are tough, I think they do it's not that they don't sympathize they're trying to deal with a very difficult issue," said Village Administrator Richard Downey.
Now the village board could scrap the entire project and do nothing, or find alternative sources of funding.
"The village board, actually at their meeting on Monday is gonna go back and kind of evaluate what they're going to do," Downey said. "The village president would like the board to discuss what's our next options."
Some residents are concerned that they shouldn't have to pay for others' mistakes since builders constructed homes too low, and therefore were flooded.
Very dry conditions this year have made any issue of flooding non-existent, but residents say the area of Kronenwetter in question still has underlying water issues.
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