At the 3/10/11 Village Board meeting, we challenged the newspaper article claim by Trustee Clark Hopkins that a reduction in legal costs resulted from having new village board members. We demonstrated with actual legal expense data that 3/4ths of the claimed reduction was easily explained by the recent economic recession. That recession shut off nearly all annexation and subdivision work, along with the legal work that goes with that. The 1/4th of the difference that remained is explainable by other non-recurring costs associated with certain sewer system issues, and ordinance violations by two businesses.
None of the legal cost reductions were due to the new village board members driving down attorney’s fees, as the article claimed.