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State: turbines exempt from sales tax

Wind turbines are exempt from sales taxes, a recent opinion by the state Department of Taxation and Finance states. It's unclear exactly how that will affect the proposed Galloo Island Wind Farm, because the developer wouldn't say how much of the estimated $253 million originally said to be eligible for sales taxes includes turbine parts.
2 Feb 2010

Talk of shorter PILOT ignites flap

A minor firestorm has flared after the attorney representing Upstate NY Power Corp., developer of the proposed Galloo Island Wind Farm, claimed Thursday the developer never offered an 18-year PILOT to ease legislators' concerns about a proposed 20-year agreement.
23 Jan 2010

Uniform PILOT; Draft single plan for all developers

The Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency must now accomplish what it was asked to do in the first place: draft a uniform policy for payments in lieu of taxes by wind developers. That was the directive originally given by the county Legislature. Instead the JCIDA presented a proposed PILOT on behalf of Upstate NY Power Corp. to accommodate construction of its wind farm on Galloo Island.
7 Jan 2010

Wind farm PILOT plan suspended

The Jefferson County Board of Legislators did not vote on the agreement Tuesday night as planned. Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency surprised the legislators by asking that the resolutions dealing with the PILOT be deleted from the agenda.
6 Jan 2010

Graham opposes 'slick lawyering' subsidy deal

The Watertown City Council, and more specifically Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham, has big issues with the economic benefits being offered to the developers of the Galloo Island Wind Farm project. The mayor has lashed out on his WATN 1240-AM radio show, his blog and Monday night at the City Council meeting against the proposed payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement because, he says, it will minimize the amount of sales tax that flows to the city.
6 Jan 2010

Maple Ridge withholds payment

Flat Rock Windpower, the company under which the 195-turbine wind farm was developed, also is seeking court approval of a proposed escrow agreement that local taxing jurisdictions recently rejected - and the possible repayment of millions of dollars already sent to the county, towns and school districts. Based on a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes plan, the county billed Flat Rock for $8.99 million but received a payment of only $2.29 million.
3 Jan 2010

To Legislators: reject Galloo Wind PILOT

Once these wind farms are established, they will forever change the Great Lakes, and not for the better. The minimal amount of power produced will go downstate, or haven't you noticed all the major power lines go south. The millions of taxpayer stimulus money will go to foreign investors like Iberdola. There is excess hydropower already in NNY, and more research should be done to improve existing hydro. We should be looking at all other types of renewable energy.
29 Dec 2009

Get a better deal on wind farm PILOT

Before using rural taxpayer dollars to help Wall Street bankers, the county and JCIDA need to do more work. At a minimum we must ensure 1)that we get the best economic deal possible; 2)that the project complies with the law; 3)that the developer won't use eminent domain to seize our neighbors' property; 4)that we minimize the negative impacts to property values and waterfront communities, and 5)that we consider the alternatives to this type of industrial development.
19 Dec 2009

Wind farm deal pares tax income

The fine print of the novel payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement proposed for Galloo Island Wind Farm gives the developer stability in tax payments over 20 years, making it easier to attract investors. But the bottom line means about $5.3 million less in taxes for the coffers of the town of Hounsfield, Sackets Harbor Central School District and Jefferson County.
10 Dec 2009

Legislature delays vote on wind farm PILOT

The county Board of Legislators is probably most noted for what it did not do in its final session of 2009: vote on the proposed payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for Galloo Island Wind Farm. Project developer Upstate NY Power Corp. has told the county it needs a PILOT passed by Dec. 31 to allow it time to get financing in order and start construction in 2010.
9 Dec 2009

Packet covers Galloo queries

In a mailing dated Tuesday, Upstate NY Power Corp. again painted a rosy picture of the proposed Galloo Island Wind Farm for Jefferson County legislators. ...Upstate NY Power Corp. plans to build an 84-turbine, 252-megawatt generation facility on Galloo Island. At the Nov. 24 meeting, nearly 40 people voiced strong opinions in favor of and opposed to the project.
4 Dec 2009

IDA joins wind energy project negotiations

The Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency on Thursday passed a resolution beginning its involvement in ongoing negotiations related to bringing a wind energy project to the towns of Fairfield, Norway and Little Falls. The project consists of 37 wind turbines, 14 miles of gravel access road, 20 miles of buried electrical lines and an operation facility, the resolution states.
4 Dec 2009

State due to review appeals for EZ

A state board in mid-December will begin reviewing documentation from 369 businesses - including Maple Ridge Wind Farm and 10 others in the north country - that are appealing their proposed decertification from the state Empire Zone program. ...Based on a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes plan, the 195-turbine wind farm in December made $8.6 million in payments to local taxing jurisdictions, with about $7 million of that to be reimbursed through the Empire Zone program.
29 Nov 2009

Legislators to take time on PILOT

The Jefferson County Board of Legislators will take its time in considering a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for the proposed Galloo Island Wind Farm. That pace is at odds with the project developer, which has requested the PILOT be approved by the end of the year so the project will qualify for a 30 percent rebate from the federal government through stimulus funding.
25 Nov 2009

Wind PILOT: Show need for tax abatement

The momentum to ram through a property tax break for the developers of the Galloo Island Wind Farm has slowed down to allow for more public consideration and a broader understanding of what is at stake in the proposed giveaway of tens of millions of dollars. ...The school district and town without raising any questions unanimously agreed to a plan that less than half of what they could expect annually for the next 20 years if the project were fully assessed.
24 Nov 2009

Lewis County fights for windmill money

Lewis County is set to lose millions of dollars in Empire Zone money, but the head of the state's Empire Development Agency says that could change. Each year, the county has received $2 million in Empire Zone money to use toward its budget. Without the credits, that amount shrivels to $500,000.
21 Nov 2009

Galloo Island PILOT talks are reined in

Jefferson County's Board of Legislators slowed down its consideration of the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for the proposed Galloo Island Wind Farm. ...Chairman Barry M. Ormsby, R-Belleville, said representatives of the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency and Galloo Island's developer, Upstate NY Power Corp., would come to the meeting. Mr. Ormsby said they also would allow the public to speak during privilege of the floor, though no public hearing is required.
18 Nov 2009
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