An ordinance introduced Tuesday by the Edwardsville city council would permanently eliminate the tuition fee if passed by the council.
It received its first reading in the Committee on Administrative and Community Services (ACS) on Thursday and was passed 3-0.
In 2004, amid the boom in single-family homes, councilors introduced and instructed developers to use funds from District 7, which were used to build new schools to accommodate the influx of new students.
“One of the reasons we implemented the moratorium last year is the number of students in the school district. Mostly [they] repaired. they are no longer on the rise since the early 2000s, ”said President William Krause. The increase in building permits also took the decision into consideration, he said, because the number of permits is much lower than about 20 years ago.
"I don't see any reason why we should keep paying this," Krause said.
"I agree," Councilor Jack Burns said. “We talked to the mayor this morning and he talked to the school superintendent who agreed with us.