Nord refuses to pay nearly $12,000 in property fees

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NORMAL, Ill. — A Normal Town Council Member is threatening a lawsuit after his colleagues decided not to waive a fee he said shouldn’t be assessed to his property.

Stan Nord, told the council he won’t pay a nearly $12,000 sanitary sewer “tap-on” activation fee for land he bought in 2017 on College Ave.

Town officials said it’s typical to assess the fee when a property is platted, but Nord paid $1 million for the land without knowing it hadn’t been platted, despite decades of development there.

After platting the land the town charged Nord with the fee.

On this matter Town of Normal lead attorney Brian Day said “we feel the fee is valid, is legally collectible, and until we hear a valid legal argument otherwise, we can’t waive the fees.”

During Monday’s meeting Council Member Karyn Smith moved to waive the fee, but that motion did not receive a second.

Nord told WMBD he did not want to comment because there’s a possibility he will take the matter to court.

In a statement on Tuesday Day said “The Town Legal Department will evaluate and appropriately respond to any legal action or arguments raised in this matter. We look forward to a resolution of this situation and to working with Councilman Nord for the continued benefit of our community.”   

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