Open Letter to MPAC Dan Mathieson February 18
Dear Mr. Mathieson,
I have addressed this open letter to you as you are listed as the chair of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).
It is my understanding MPAC is conducting a study of the real estate value impacts of industrial wind turbine (IWT) facilities in Ontario. 1 I am writing to you in order to:
- request full disclosure of MPAC IWT study data and methodology; and
- provide knowledge which can help inform MPAC about the impacts of IWTs.
Request for full disclosure and audit
I request that MPAC confirm to me if the MPAC IWT study intends to distinguish between the real estate values of participating property (i.e. properties which attract income as a result of IWT hosting agreements which compensate for effects such as nuisance, noise, signal interference, casting of shadows and other inconveniences or damage) and non participating property (i.e. properties which do not attract income as a result of IWT hosting agreements and are exposed to nuisance, noise, signal interference, casting of shadows and other inconveniences or damage from IWTs).
If the MPAC IWT study intends to distinguish between participating and non participating properties please disclose exactly how this will be accomplished. Please disclose to me if MPAC has full knowledge of all contracts or agreements between IWT developers and participating property owners. I note that MPAC’s website states its “customers are all Ontario property taxpayers” 6 and its values include “Openness and transparency” and “Accountability” 7. As a professional accountant and one of MPAC’s customers I am prepared to conduct an audit of the MPAC IWT study once it is complete. Please confirm to me if MPAC is prepared to disclose to “all Ontario property taxpayers” 8 the raw data and methodology used for MPAC IWT study so that the study can be evaluated using standard audit procedures. MPAC’s cooperation in this audit would be consistent with MPAC’s stated values of openness, transparency and accountability. Read full Letter