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Letter: Referendum lawsuit is waste of time, money

To the editor:

We moved to the Hinsdale/Clarendon Hills community six years ago primarily due to District 181’s reputation and have since resided in both villages. In the last 15 years, the Hinsdale/Clarendon Hills community supported the construction of three schools in Clarendon Hills, and in November, passed a referendum approving a bond issuance to finance a much-needed new Hinsdale Middle School.

Unfortunately, a new Hinsdale Middle School is in jeopardy because of a frivolous lawsuit filed by five Clarendon Hills residents seeking to void the referendum on the basis of a technicality that could not reasonably have affected the outcome. Setting aside construction delays, between litigation costs and the likelihood of higher bond interest rates caused by a delayed bond issuance, this lawsuit will cost every District 181 taxpayer money. ... The plaintiffs’ actions here ... are harmful to our community and the future of children in District 181. In short they are misguided, if not irresponsible.

The good news for Hinsdale is that by no means do these five plaintiffs speak for Clarendon Hills. Clarendon Hills residents that we have spoken with overwhelmingly support honoring the referendum results and generally place a high value in the community relationship the two villages have developed. We firmly believe a new Hinsdale Middle School will get constructed in the near-term, and the sense of community that Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills have engendered will continue to flourish. Unfortunately for all of us in District 181, a new Hinsdale Middle School will be more expensive due to the actions of five individuals.

Adam and Jennifer Beringer
Clarendon Hills

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