Remember the voters when you agree to give BigWind a PILOT

Hardin and Logan county commissioners should take note: A PILOT is a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes that Ohio county commissioners may provide BigWind projects. It allows them to pay a fraction of their true tax bill, estimated at only 15% of the allowable amount under Ohio tax laws. All politics is local and throughout Ohio and the Midwest, citizens and ratepayers are continuing to push back against wind with greater and greater force.  In Tipton County, Indiana, the three Commissioners who supported wind now have Republican primary opponents in all three races.  The news report below states, “Now comes the political reckoning for those who supported the Prairie Breeze plan. May 6, three races could determine whether Tipton County joins Boone County in banning wind farms completely.”  We point out this line, in particular: “It wasn’t until the county council passed a tax abatement for the project, in December 2012, that the opposition went viral. “  We think it is just common sense….

Back in December 2012, a sea change took place in Tipton County.

A bunch of people who had previously looked at local government with indifference suddenly became activists, fired up over the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm.

For most of last year, the wind farm issue consumed everything in Tipton County, as opponents organized to stop a plan which had sailed through the county commissioners and the county council.

Now comes the political reckoning for those who supported the Prairie Breeze plan.

May 6, three races could determine whether Tipton County joins Boone County in banning wind farms completely….

It wasn’t until the county council passed a tax abatement for the project, in December 2012, that the opposition went viral. County officials had taken several steps to get to that point, without any public outcry.

With the primary looming, however, wind farms may be the only issue any of the Republican voters care about.

“Even the people who are anti-wind farm say the main reason they moved out into the country was because of its rural character,” Heron said. “But they’re arguing with farmers, who are the backbone of the rural area. Somewhere, there has to be a happy medium.”…

“We need to do more to get population back in this county,” Shuck said. “Any time you get at least half of the people who don’t like something, you’re cutting down on your chances.”

via Voters will have their say » Opinion » Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana.

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