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County lawmakers say 'No' to green energy tax breaks

The county Legislature passed a resolution saying any alternative energy sources larger than 25 megawatts won't receive any tax breaks from the county. Chairman Scott Gray says the benefits to the community just aren't there.

Larger industrial wind and solar farms will pay full price when it comes to Jefferson County taxes.

The county Legislature passed a resolution saying any alternative energy sources larger than 25 megawatts won't receive any tax breaks from the county.

Chairman Scott Gray says the benefits to the community just aren't there.

"You're asking the property taxpayers of this community to subsidize a project, so we want to make sure there's something in return for those taxpayers' investments and the subsidies they're giving companies," he said. "We want to make sure they're adding something to our community. It's important."

The county won't offer any breaks, but officials say towns and school districts are free to negotiate their own deals.

 "This is really a compromise for other jurisdictions that still may want to attract these projects and want to to offer some sort of tax abatement," Gray said.

Allen Drake from District 4 was the only legislator who voted against the uniform policy, saying he just wasn't that comfortable treating each case exactly the same.

"I don't think a uniform policy fits all," he said. "I think that each individual project should be based on its own merit."

Right now there are a handful of green energy projects targeting Jefferson County, including some wind developers.

Gray was asked if he thinks those developers will shy away from those projects.

"That's up to the companies," he said. "That's up to them to decide."
 


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JUL 6 2016
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