VanWert needs to say NO to BigWind (this time)

Iberdrola is lobbying heavily near Delphos/Van Wert/Lincolnview, Ohio, in order to ensure that they receive a tax abatement (payment in lieu of taxes) for the Dog Creek wind development. They are ready to move forward with this expansion into the Delphos community and beyond. Lincolnview schools currently receive $410,860 from the Blue Creek development and they stand to gain a significant amount more with this new project. HOWEVER, they SHOULD get a lot more- if Van Wert County commissioners deny the PILOT. It has been shared that the Iberdrola rep has previously stated that his company has too much time and money invested in this area to just “throw away” their money and move away from the Dog Creek project. Let us correct BigWind and state that it is OUR big $ that they intend to throw away….

…“The $172,688,076 grant from the U.S. Treasury Department awarded to Iberdrola on Aug. 20, 2012, accounting for nearly 30 percent of the capital cost of the Blue Creek Wind Farm. The cost of that grant money is borne by taxpayers, including taxpayers in Ohio.”

In reading the Times Bulletin article, I was surprised to learn that the $2.07 million check presented to Van Wert County was in lieu of property tax dollars. One has to wonder how much more money would have been collected had Iberdrola been required to pay property tax on each turbine?

While $2.07 million is a lot of money for Van Wert County, it is a drop in the bucket compared to the approximately 173 million of American tax dollars Iberdrola received for the Blue Creek Wind Farm.

This is a prime example of wasteful government spending that continues to plague our country. Especially when 46 cents of each tax dollar spent is borrowed from countries like China.

This is why we must vote for and support state officials who support SB 34, which seeks to repeal Ohio’s energy policy. Furthermore, we must encourage our Van Wert County Commissioners not to provide future tax abatements (in lieu of property taxes) for Iberdrola’s proposed Dog Creek Wind Farm. Iberdrola has received enough of our tax dollars and it’s time they start paying their fair share. The proof is in the numbers….

via Letter to the Editor.