$2,000-per-unit building levy irks wind turbine critics in NE Town

by Lindsay Kelly Manitoulin Expositor

NORTHEAST TOWN-The Northeast Town will receive $66,000 in building permit fees from the Northland Power wind turbine project, but critics suggest the number is too low and the town should generate more revenue from the project.

At the April 20 committee meeting, it was divulged that the town did not have a fee structure in place for building permits that would apply to industrial projects such as wind turbines. The current fee in place is $10 for every $1,000 of construction on a project. The purpose of building permits is to recover the cost of the service provided by chief building inspector Tom Spry. Continue reading