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Resident suggests secession

TROUT VALLEY – Village President Bob Baker will ask residents in the Trout Valley Homeowners Association on Monday if they’re interested in exploring secession from the Cary Park District.

A resident recommended to Trustee David Hall that secession be explored, so officials decided at a village meeting this week to find out if there’s widespread interest.

“It has come up over the years,” Baker said. “In this current [economic] environment, it doesn’t surprise me that we would hear about it again.”

When secession efforts percolated in years past, residents said they could save money on their property tax bills by not belonging to the park district. Others said they weren’t satisfied with the district’s services and offerings, or that amenities weren’t satisfactory, Baker said.

“We had a contentious battle about it in the late ’90s, where the community was fairly split over the issue,” Baker said.

However, Baker said there doesn’t appear to be a widespread effort forming, so village officials want to survey residents informally and see if there’s more interest in secession.

“We want to see if there’s any movement behind it before we put any time into it,” Baker said.

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