Turbines should be taxed at higher rates

Corporate%20welfare%20all%20reward%20no%20riskChatham Daily News, Ellwood Shreve
A former City of Chatham alderman has concerns about the amount of taxes levied against industrial wind turbines. Henry Regts, who is also a developer, contacted The Chatham Daily News regarding a recent administrative report to Chatham-Kent council that stated a proposed 12-turbine project by Kruger Energy Chatham Optima Limited Partnership would generate an estimated $37,500 in annual taxes.

Noting he’s not opposed to wind turbines, Regts said he doesn’t believe nearly enough taxes are being charged for the large structures. He points to his office building, which is valued at just under $500,000 and costs nearly $20,000 a year in taxes. Noting the revenue each of these turbines must generate in a year, Regts said, “they ought to be assessed 10 times higher than what they are.” He acknowledged turbines don’t use services such as water and sewer, but they are large structures that take a toll on roads when transported through the municipality to where they are erected. Regts said these turbines are also tying into the local electricity grid. “I want them to pay the same taxes we’re paying for similar services,” he said.

Chatham Coun. Doug Sulman agrees with Regts’ assessment of the situation. “No, they don’t pay their fair share,” he said Monday. Sulman, who is a lawyer, cited the law office he and his partners own in Chatham is less than 5,000 square feet but their tax bill is higher than what Regts pays for his office “by a long shot.” Read article

9 thoughts on “Turbines should be taxed at higher rates

  1. All increasing the local taxes on IWTs will do is have developers write off more in expenses on their federal income taxes and spread the extra costs onto all Canadian federal taxpayers.

  2. Oh this must be why the wind weasels are
    Now trying to get townships to sign off that incase
    Taxes rise they will be exempt from them.

    How nice do local residents and local businesses
    Get that sweet deal as well? Hell no!

  3. They are only figuring this out NOW??? How pathetic is that. Even more pathetic is how their utility contractor is tied up with the maintenance contract for turbines. CK’s slogan must be bend over wind is coming!!

  4. Retirement Property
    Retire in Chatham-Kent and don’t break the bank

    ‘[excerpt] Since moving, Mr. Veitch and Ms. Benson both volunteer – with the municipality’s economic development advisory committee, and Ms. Benson with a business association and farmers’ market.

    “We’ve been self-employed all our lives … we thought we had skills that perhaps could be useful,” Ms. Benson says.

    Ms. Ansell says that Chatham-Kent is a great destination for people looking to put down roots and get involved. “If you’re looking for that kinship, that sense of belonging, that’s here.”’

    Oh yeah – get involved
    Yes – get involved
    – the line is – ‘get involved’

    Welcome to Ontario!

    • As the mayor of Norfolk was quoted recently, he just found out he was living in the twilight zone; I reminded him that the Norfolk Victims of IWTs have been living in the twilight zone for over 6 years.

  5. If the municipality relies on the revenue then there will never be a chance for these eyesores to go away

  6. Speaking of taxes…

    Does Ontario’s Finance Minister, Charles Sousa understand ANYTHING about inflation, purchasing power, scarce resources, Economics 101??? Does he realize that ENERGY cost is fundamental???

    “Ottawa won’t cooperate with Ontario pension plan”

    ‘[excerpt] TORONTO — Finance Minister Joe Oliver is telling Ontario the federal government will not co-operate in any way with the province’s move to create its own pension plan.

    Oliver sent a letter to provincial Finance Minister Charles Sousa on Thursday saying the Conservatives “will not assist the Ontario government” in the implementation of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.

    “This includes any legislative changes to allow the ORPP to be treated like the Canada Pension Plan for tax purposes, or to integrate the ORPP with the RRSP contribution limits,” wrote Oliver. “Administration of the ORPP will be the sole responsibility of the Ontario government, including the collection of contributions and any required information.” […]

    Too many people are not saving enough for an adequate retirement income despite voluntary options such as tax-free savings accounts and registered retirement savings plans, said Sousa.

    “After a lifetime of working hard and contributing to the economy, Ontarians deserve a secure retirement,” he said.

    • [excerpt]….Sousa accused the federal government of “putting politics ahead of practicality.”‘
      Sousa’s new word: practicality [but no plan]

      Feds say they will not help implement Ontario Retirement Pension Plan

      The Conservative government is warning the province that Ottawa does not intend to play ball when it comes to setting up the Liberal government’s proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.

      In a letter obtained by CTV News Thursday, federal finance minister Joe Oliver tells Ontario’s finance minister Charles Sousa that the feds will not offer any assistance to the Ontario government in implementing the ORPP.

      “This includes any legislative changes to allow the ORPP to be treated like the Canada Pension Plan for tax purposes, or to integrate the ORPP within the RRSP contribution limits. Administration of the ORPP will be the sole responsibility of the Ontario Government, including the collection of contributions and any required information,” the letter read.

      Oliver says the government is refusing to support the proposal, in part, because it will reduce the take-home pay of workers.

      “The Ontario Government’s proposed ORPP would take money from workers and their families, kill jobs, and damage the economy,” he continues.

      “It would impose a one-size-fits-all forced-savings scheme on Canadians and their families. Furthermore, your government has not provided any assurance regarding what benefits, if any, would accrue to Ontarians.”

      In a written statement released Thursday, Sousa accused the federal government of “putting politics ahead of practicality.”

      “It is incredibly disappointing that the federal government is refusing to recognize the need for people to achieve a secure retirement future,” the statement said.

      “The ORPP is an investment in our collective futures. Economists like former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge have said greater retirement savings would not only help people in retirement, it would have long-term gains for the economy.”

      The province has previously said the ORPP would be created by 2017 and Sousa confirmed that the government is committed to moving ahead with the plan.

      Election Year Canada
      October 19, 2015
      Vote Conservative!

      Go Stephen Harper!

      p.s. watch for union attack ads!
      p.p.s. practicality – hahahahahahahahahaha

  7. Why can’t municipalities increase the taxes on those farms that have or will put up turbines? If the landowner knows that his municipality is going to take let’s say 50% of his or her profit from the lease its much less attractive. I’m sure there is something in the GEA that prevents that.Imagine if all farms with IWT were taxed at much higher rate. A new municipal tax on the greedy… Selfish or naive landowner. Witch in turn gives half the profit to the community. There would be no turbines if that was possible

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