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August 26, 2013

Aug. 26, 2013: Letters to the editor

Open new bypassto development

According to the Tribune’s Aug. 10 article, property taxes will increase about a third due to the city’s controlling the development around the three new interchanges on the new bypass.

Why can’t the area be developed and be open to any commercial interest? They could help pay the property tax increase. Three interchanges worth of commercial development will not hurt the miles of restaurants, malls and hotels that the present bypass has.

The city’s attitude seems to be: “This is what we want to do. Let the taxpayers deal with the large tax increase.”

Roberta Hite

Kokomo

If project will not work, then move on

I would like to commend Plan Commission members Jim Ashley and Helen Tragesser for stepping up at the meeting Aug. 15 and saying industrial wind farms are not a good fit for Tipton County. They both agreed that while the majority of Tipton County’s 16,000 residents have not spoken up, the majority of those who have are against the turbiness.

With the exception of one member, all asked good questions in regards to rewriting the county ordinance. Member Cohee made it quite evident that he is willing to go ahead and overturn the ruling of the BZA that he voted for in March and go against the majority of the community and allow turbines to be installed without regard to property rights and safety.

If the Plan Commission chooses to ignore the 1,500-foot setback from property lines that the BZA set for the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm and allow other companies a lesser setback, they will be opening the county to enormous lawsuits.

The BZA also said it wants a property value guarantee. No one is really sure how it should be worded. The wind companies say it is not needed and are convinced the turbines will have no effect on property values. If that is true, then they should not have a problem guaranteeing my property value not decrease due to the installation of a turbine in the vicinity of my house.

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