SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) — Schaumburg officials are discussing how the village will pay costs associated with a potential medical marijuana dispensary.
The Finance, Legal and General Government Committee recommended that a dispensary operator be required to pay an annual $100,000 impact fee, the Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/1yF1lM1) reported.
The fee would cover safety costs that the village doesn’t think taxpayers should be responsible for, according to Assistant Village Manager Paula Hewson. The dispensary could bring an increase in crime and police calls since an otherwise illegal, controlled substance would be brought into the area, she said.
The village has received seven applications for a dispensary, but there’s only one state license available for the area that covers Elk Grove and Schaumburg. Officials have already identified two areas within Schaumburg’s industrial parks that meet the zoning restrictions for a dispensary, one near the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway and the other near the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway.
Although the state will ultimately issue the license, the village is reviewing the dispensary applicants to see if they’re eligible for a special-use permit, according to Planning and Permits Manager Tom Farace.
Lance Malina, an attorney for the village, said he believes impact fees for dispensaries will be common and legally defensible.
“It’s unchartered waters in that there are none yet in place,” he told the newspaper. “Therefore, none have been challenged yet.”
Schaumburg will be allowed to impose the fee as long as it isn’t based on the dispensary’s revenue, according to Illinois Department of Revenue spokeswoman Sue Hofer.
The village board plans to consider and perhaps vote on the recommendation next month.
Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com
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