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August 22, 2013

Aug. 22, 2013: Letters to the editor

Leaseholders miss point of BZA ruling

The letter to the editor titled “How will county’s needs be funded?” may have been more aptly titled “How will leaseholders’ wants be funded?”

Based on the BZA decision in March, which it reiterated July 31, the answer to the latter question is clear. Moving forward with the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm, without the BZA’s two stated conditions, would have been at the expense of nonparticipating property owners through infringement of their property rights, property values and health and safety.

A few leaseholders continue to miss the point of the BZA ruling and the BZA’s purpose.

In no way did the four guidelines of the BZA, which directed its March decision after eight hours of public and expert testimony, include consideration of how to fund the Tipton County government. And never should funding county government by violating the rights of its citizens be considered a legitimate economic development opportunity. The BZA criteria serves the purpose of ensuring a conditional use permit does not adversely affect citizens and their property and that the application conforms to and promotes the objective of the ordinance.

At the end of the letter, the writer posed the question of what message the county wants to send other businesses thinking about locating in Tipton County. In response, if the business is a wind energy company, the message I propose we send is, “Get out and stay out.”

And in regards to claims that those who oppose surrounding the homes of Tipton County citizens with 500-foot industrial wind turbines are the minority, I have no idea as to what data points they consider to arrive at such a conclusion. Based on the overwhelming turnout by the wind farm opponents to public hearings and meetings relating to wind farms during the last seven months, it is not difficult to conclude those in favor are a clear minority.

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