Wind farms are our best opportunity
How fortunate, that after years of trying to bring top-notch wind energy companies to Tipton County, this great choice is here for us — just at the right time. Tipton County badly needs the revenue from clean wind farm companies.
Millions of dollars for flood control of Big Cicero Creek will be needed to clean, widen, deepen and reconstruct the Big Cicero. Tipton County landowners took a big hit the last time the Big Cicero was reconstructed. This time, we can have the wind farms’ help if the Tipton County Plan Commission votes to make it possible.
Wind farm revenue will help lower the property and real estate taxes to be paid by the citizens.
Each 100 megawatt wind farm generates average annual property tax payments of $500,000 to $1 million (even with an abatement). This $500,000 to $1 million is money that the landowners of Tipton County do not have to pay.
The Wildcat Wind Farm has spent over $30 million locally, including $18 million in local wages. Wildcat Wind Farm No. 1 will pay local school districts approximately $5 million to $8 million in tax revenue over the next 15 years.
Our county commissioners are dedicated people who work tirelessly for the good of the county. Their families and other county board members have worked for generations to make Tipton County what it is. They need our support and gratitude.
But the plan commission and BZA hold the key to wind farms and how our county and its tax base will survive.
The financial needs of Tipton County are now great.
Let us encourage the wind farm companies to come and harvest the winds over Tipton County. We need to help them succeed in producing clean electricity. This clean, renewable form of energy will help Indiana now and for 30 more years down the road.
As the EPA forces more of our coal-fired electric generating plants on the Ohio River to shut down, we must have this alternative source for clean electricity.
Judy McKinney, Tipton
Wind farms are our best opportunity
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