A while back we heard that Patriot Renewables was not happy about its tax bill from the town of Freedom. This is the same Patriot Renewables who sold their project to the people by promising them lower taxes for all if they were allowed to build.
Promising to lower taxes is standard practice when a wind developer wants to get the locals on their side. Unfortunately, the reality is often different from the promise. Just ask the people in Freedom, or any other town that has allowed the wind companies in.
Personally, I much prefer to rely on the hard numbers, rather than the developer’s promises…………..
You can read the beginning of this story here: http://realwindinfoforme.com/blog/so-you-think-big-wind-will-lower-your-taxes/
For the latest on the saga in Freedom, see Erin Rhoda’s excellent article in the Morning Sentinel, here: http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/wind-power-projectboard-rejects-request-for-lowered-tax-value_2011-02-01.html
And if Big Wind is trying to buy its way into your town, this might be a good time to do a little research…………………