How much $ will your school ‘ACTUALLY’ receive if BigWind becomes a neighbor?

This is an excellent, short analysis. Do you have a county, near you, with wind turbines throwing back some of their ‘pocket change’ to a school district? Why do I call hundreds of thousands of dollars, pocket change? Because, a wind site receives hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to build and produce energy- through subsidies, tax abatements etc. Do you actually know of a (BigWind host) county that has reduced their taxes to residents? Do you actually know of a (BigWind host) community where real estate values have INcreased? Do you actually know of a (BigWind host) school district that has been able to hire more teachers? If you do, please contact us on our home page. I won’t wait to hear from you…

“An estimated $32.5 million of the money would go toward the Maroa-Forsyth and Warrensburg-Latham school districts.”

This sentence is misleading. The wind developer’s application to the Macon County Board identifies $32.5 million as the estimated new tax revenue that would be allocated to the two school districts but goes on to note that for every new dollar of tax revenue that a district receives the state decreases the amount of state aid. The application shows the net increase to the Maroa-Forsyth district is less than $4.5 million and Warrensburg a little over $4.1 million.

These estimated tax revenues are over 30 years. The average yearly net increase for Maroa-Forsyth and Warrensburg districts would be $150,000 each. This increase would hardly cover two new positions in each district.

These values are not guaranteed either by the wind farm developer or the state. Whether these districts will receive any of this estimated revenue is uncertain….

Source: Wind turbine taxes may never be realized | Letters to the Editor | herald-review.com

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BigWind causing ‘turbulence’ amongst Michigan residents

This story is becoming all too familiar. BigWind builds turbines,  people can’t sleep and their homes are devalued.  It is occurring all over the globe.  And, what were their setbacks established ‘from’? Dwellings, not the property lines.  What does their county commissioner describe this as? “It’s a taking of their property.” Sound familiar, Ohio? House Bill 483 has attempted to help us by increasing our setbacks from the propery line. Let us make sure it doesn’t disappear this year. Rumors abound that some legislators want to destroy 483….  

…Most recently, neighbors of a 14-turbine wind farm in the Upper Peninsula community of Garden filed a lawsuit against the developer in U.S. District Court last month, alleging the project’s noise has harmed their quality of life and property values. In Huron County in Michigan’s Thumb — a focal point for state wind development — county officials are tearing up an “inadequate,” less than 10-year-old wind energy ordinance because, in the words of the county commissioners’ chairman, “people’s rights (are) being violated.”…

“It impacts residents’ enjoyment of their own property — they’re losing sleep because of the turbines’ noise,” she said, adding property values will suffer with the wind farm’s presence….

Setbacks from turbines were also calculated measuring from a neighbor’s occupied dwellings, not their property line — which would then prevent a turbine’s neighbor from further developing their land between their home and the spinning blades.

“It’s a taking of their property,” Nugent said.

The old ordinance also contained noise provisions “so poorly crafted, you couldn’t understand it.”…

Dustups over wind farms: Turbines blamed for noise, dead birds.

How far away does your home have to be from a turbine to keep its $ value?

THE leading wind turbine appraisal expert in the USA has spoken, and what he said is not good for BigWind. Here, in Ohio, we must be thankful for our legislature, last year.  They approved INcreased setbacks from property lines for industrial wind turbines – although still woefully Inadequate.  Additionally, it was refreshing to see our Governor approve a ‘freeze’ on our renewable energy standards. Both of these legislative victories have given us time to gather more information, like this, about the negative impacts that industrial wind turbines can have on our property, communities, citizens, businesses and economy…

Michael McCann, of McCann Appraisal, LLC, a Chicago-based company, testified about property values and how they are negatively affected when wind turbines are installed.

    He said he has 33 years experience in appraising many types of commercial real estate, land and special use properties. He also has extensive litigation experience, qualified as an expert witness in over 20 states, and has testified at federal and state trials, zoning hearings, utility siting boards and arbitration. He has also done work for other wind farm projects throughout the United States….

    He also illustrated reasons for people to sell property with a turbine on or near it include health impacts….

    He also listed issues he called “more physical in nature.” These included trespass or intrusion, excessive noise, vibrations, odor, contaminants and flicker….

    McCann said overall results showed a 25 percent lower value within three miles of the turbines as compared to control sales more than three miles away from turbines.

    Property impact studies have been done throughout the world and one he described showed assessed values indicated a 20 percent deviation from assessed sale value.

    McCann also said he came to some conclusions, including having a setback of less than three miles can cause a significant loss of value, as well as many of the health problems people have described to him in the past that qualified experts have agreed with.

    “They (doctors) do find it happens,” McCann said. “It doesn’t happen to everybody.”

    McCann also noted that people should hire appraisers that comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisers Practice, especially in cases like this.

Experts offers insight to wind farm questions – News – Pontiac Daily Leader – Pontiac, IL – Pontiac, IL.