The River Haven development in East Dundee. | Sun-Times Media file
Updated: January 30, 2014 6:29AM
EAST DUNDEE — A spike in population from two new developments in East Dundee has village officials looking into ordering a special census as a means to increase the town’s share of state money.
The new River Haven Place and Gardiner Place developments, located at the northwest corner of Routes 25 and 72, have added more than 300 people to the village’s population, said Village Administrator Bob Skurla.
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the affordable-housing campus dedicated primarily for veterans and low-income seniors was held in June. Skurla said village officials opted to wait until there was 100 percent occupancy to seek out a special census at the developments.
“Of course, people are going to be coming and going, but we wanted to make sure we were fully occupied,” Skurla said.
East Dundee’s population is about 3,000. Skurla said that at the rate of $136 a person from the state, the more than 300 people now living in the new developments could reap an additional $44,000 a year.
Village officials are waiting to find out from the U.S. Census Bureau how much a special count just at those developments would cost.
Skurla said if the fee is too high, the village will wait until the 2020 census.
“But let’s say they give us a quote of $10,000 to do a special census,” he said. “I think we can say that’s worthwhile because up until the next regular census we’d be getting an extra $44,000 a year.”