Wind Company Interlopers, with the blessings of the dumbed down "Green Dream" left wing progressive legislature run by the democrat graft machine (with cooperation of republicans who often will not take an aggressive oppositional stance in the state), have royally screwed the average Mainer, regularly and routinely with these projects.
Where else can you produce nothing of significant worth, never be economically viable and profitable, destructive to the environment, and then get TAX Preferential Treatment to do so, scamming the taxpayer every year for decades?
TIF(Tax Incremental Funding, or Preferential Non-Full Value Taxation from the local hosting community ) is a reason why the Maine taxpayer continually gets "Turbine Screwed" ,because by design , the value of the projects are never fully reflected in the local communities tax base, nor are the jobs they claim to generate. The payouts to the communities by the wind scammers are a piddling percentage of the true assessed value of the industrial project which should be taxed regularly like any other business .The jobs? Only short term , a few local control stations on the hill operated remotely out of state in many cases.There are never appropriate impact cost assessments as well to the communities. They buy them a fire truck or two in case of a mountain fire, (which cannot be controlled anyway). Maine communities are a "cheap date", and a numb one at that.The Interlopers use them in every way possible .
Why are Mainer's Numb , Greenwashed (or both) to not understand this I ask?
Rest assured , those wind companies sure understand it, and so does the American Wind Energy Association as it attempts to put in more of them there. They indeed love Maine.
This is what keeps these scammers in business, and what also keeps Mainers poor. These Industrial projects are never economically viable. They are Tax Havens for rich unctuous hedge fund investors and unctuous self-serving connivers like Senator Angus King, and detriments to the average Joe and Jill Mainer who ultimately pays for them by not taxing them appropriately as well.
Tax these things at full assessed value, no long term depreciation allowances other than that allowed by US tax law ! They already get unneeded excessive subsidies. TIFs are being abused . This was never the original intent of TIF as devised by Maine's revenue service.
TIF was for job creation in the communities, not environmental and economic destruction of them. Few jobs are created long term for these abominations in the communities. They are net local parasitic green back sucking detriments to the communities as well as Graft Generators for some local officials and a few unneeded local projects they do create. They cannot be used to lower local taxes directly, by law.
This is improper utilization of the TIF that should be removed by the legislature.
Have these monstrosities taxed at full value. The legislature should, right now , STOP all TIFs for these Destructive Projects.