Within the past month, Logan county, Ohio said NO to the enormous tax break, aka PILOT, to Everpower. Here is a county in New York, following in their footsteps. And, the developer is well known to Van Wert county, Ohio, as it is Apex. Mr. Gray has it right…BigWind does NOT create more than a handful of jobs and revenue is exported (tax$ to investors). BigWind destroys scenery, wildlife, property values and the health of neighbors…the least we can demand of them is to pay their fair share of taxes!!!
Jefferson County lawmakers have voted not to grant tax breaks for big solar and wind projects. County leaders say large-scale alternative energy farms do not provide the county with enough incentives to justify a tax deal.
Legislature Chairman Scott Gray said wind developers are approaching towns in Jefferson County not expecting to pay their full share of taxes.
“You’re asking the property tax payers of this community to subsidize a project. So we want to make sure there is something in return for those taxpayers’ investments.”
Gray said big wind and solar projects only create a handful of jobs. They don’t circulate enough money throughout the local economy. and what money is made, he said, goes to the company’s investors.
“It’s certainly not adding anything to our community so whatever revenue is being generated is being exported,” said Gray….
He said the developer, Apex Energy, is expecting to get a tax break, anyway.
“They are proposing a 80 percent tax abatement, 20 percent of the full value that they should be paying every year….”