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Ontario: Lower property assessments just another subsidy for wind industry

Peter  Epp — Postmedia Network — May 12, 2015

Among the incongruities found within the Green Energy Plan is the way in which wind turbines are assessed by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). In a word, the assessment is low.

The Ontario government’s purpose, when the plan and its accompanying legislation were approved in 2009, was to encourage the development of wind energy in this province. Developers would be given incentives, including generous subsidies. They would also be modestly taxed, which was just another form of subsidy.

For those rare municipalities that actually welcomed wind turbine development (Chatham-Kent, for one), the relatively low assessment on turbines wasn’t seen as a hurdle; it was viewed as new-found tax revenue, even if that revenue was modest when compared to what other developments might generate.

But for those municipalities that called themselves “unwilling hosts” to turbine development, the lack of sufficient assessment has become just another irritant.

In Plympton-Wyoming – which has been on the forefront of those municipalities that have been actively and vocally campaigning against wind turbine development – Mayor Lonny Napper says wind turbines worth an estimated $5 million have been assessed at a mere fraction of their value, by an estimated $60,000. Indeed, Napper suggests that every time a new turbine is erected in Plympton-Wyoming, his municipality loses tax revenue.  Continue reading here…..

Wind turbines are seen near a home in Melancthon Township, Ont., on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Wind turbines generally have little effect on the value of nearby properties with possibly isolated exceptions, a recent study of thousands of home and farm sales has found. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

Wind turbines are seen near a home in Melancthon Township, Ont., on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Wind turbines generally have little effect on the value of nearby properties with possibly isolated exceptions, a recent study of thousands of home and farm sales has found. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

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2 Comments on “Ontario: Lower property assessments just another subsidy for wind industry”

  1. rhymeafterrhyme May 14, 2015 at 10:29 am #

    “With every turn of their blade another subsidy paid,
    A disguised redistribution of wealth;
    The poor pay higher amounts to fund “green” bank accounts,
    Enrichment through environmental stealth…..

    Read more: http://wp.me/p3KQlH-ID

  2. andreasmarciniak May 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

    Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

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