MPAC looking at effects of wind turbines on assessment

2008_0920Vacant0005[1]Heather Wright, Sarnia-Lambton Independent
A  study which will show whether the value of the property around industrial wind turbines has changed is just about complete. Officials from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation talked to Lambton County Councilors about how the wind energy projects are assessed for tax purposes and what affect they have on surrounding property owners.

Officials say privately owned turbines and those owned by non-profit organizations aren’t subject to taxes but industrial turbines in commercial projects are. A 1.5 megawatt turbine – typical of the industrial projects – is valued at $60,000.That fact didn’t sit well with county councilors. “How did someone come up with $40,000 on a structure that is worth $6 million,” says Brooke Alvinston Mayor Don McGugan.

St. Clair Township Mayor Steve Arnold says the artificially low assessment means lower tax revenue for the municipality estimating a turbine would generate $500 to $1,000 in taxes. “That’s not a lot of dollars for the local municipalities; that’s what has driven a lot of municipalities to put extra costs onto the projects.” Arnold says municipalities were led to believe it would up to $10,000 per turbine. “There is a lot of miscommunication.” Read article

7 thoughts on “MPAC looking at effects of wind turbines on assessment

  1. If MPAC has the nerve to release the truth about diminished property values, the ramifications will be huge.

    Will the provincial government try to interfere with the outcome?
    Does 1957Chev hate IWTs?

    I’ll try not to pass out while holding my breath for the results of this “study” … it’s hard not to be sceptical these days.

  2. The info on valuation of turbines ($50,000 for turbine
    plus assessed value of 1 acre of land) has been available
    from MPAC since day one, These councils did not do
    their homework,
    Realistic acknowledgement of property devaluation
    would result in massive loss of tax base for the
    municipality and potential compensation liability
    which would put an end to this industry, so I don’t
    see it happening.

  3. MPAC’s – the modern approach
    The OXY-MORON:
    #1. ‘[excerpt] Officials from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation talked to Lambton County Councilors about how the wind energy projects are assessed for tax purposes and what affect they have on surrounding property owners.
    But – waiting for ‘bombshell’:
    #2. ‘[excerpt] A study which will show whether the value of the property around industrial wind turbines has changed is just about complete.’

    MPAC officials – 9ft. tall – and, growing!
    Gosh – the book version – a great gift!

  4. I recently submitted a Request for Reconsideration for my property. I sent in reams of information on how wind turbines can affect property value (found mostly here).

    A month later I received a personal phone call from MPAC saying they had made a mistake and were reducing the accessed value by 25%. No mention of the turbines though.

    I encourage all to do the same. It certainly can’t hurt.

    • The modern approach – ‘put nothing in writing’.
      MPAC – judge and jury; personal phone calls – ‘we made a mistake’
      Ugh!

      Again:
      The modern approach – ‘put nothing in writing’.
      The right goal – @ the right price!

      MPAC – should come out of the dark!
      It appears they lubricate – right in the box.
      Ugh!

    • “But Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper is concerned even those numbers will be skewed. “Do you have the ability when you do the research to see who purchased the property?…I understand there are (wind energy) companies coming in and buying to keep the land value up…to hush them up a little bit,” says Napper.”…..Gosh , I thought wind companies were run by honest folks – NOT !!

  5. If I decide to sell my house, why is it my real estate person doesn’t have to tell potential buyers my neighbours are about to build a silo, but she does have to tell the potential buyer that a wind turbine is going to be built 4 kms down the road.

    Tell me wind turbines don’t effect property values. We and MPAC know they do.

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