Have you all heard of the recent tax assessor? He is a young guy out of Bath. He boasted how he went to a farm and taxed him as having a private pond!!!!!! It was his irrigation water supply for his crops. He also boasted about how that farmer had to sell his land due to this because he could not pay his taxes under this new assessors decision. He assessed him as if he had land lots for a development. He has been hired for this assessment only and then he is gone so he says. He has been hired to put a noose around all of our necks.

That is what's happening at Roxbury since the wind turbines went up. Also we flew over Roxbury Pond just this past week. We noted that the incoming streams are now showing signs of sand and brown junk coming into the pond from the Record Hill Wind Project and is now filling in the pond. The inlets are filling in and new sand bars are being created and past sand bars are becoming bigger. Getting larger and larger. Soon there will no longer be a pond just a bog of mud and junk from the increase from volume and flow of water into the pond.


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Comment by Dan McKay on September 23, 2012 at 8:15am

It appears Roxbury will be assessed to near 100% of State Valuation from the current 70% +/-. The Record Hill Wind Project has been assessed. Was it assessed at 70% or 100% ? 

Comment by Steve Thurston on September 22, 2012 at 5:40pm

I also ran into the assessor a couple weeks ago.  I asked him a few questions. 

Q. What are you hearing people say about the turbines? 

A. I'd say about 40%  of the camp owners mention the turbines, 90% of those comments are negative.

Q. What does that say about the market for property on Roxbury Pond?

A. That tells me that negative perception of the turbines reduces the pool of potential buyers, so it will take longer to sell, or the prices will decrease, or both. 

Q. How will you factor that into your valuation of properties on the pond?

A. That is where it gets complicated.  Sales have also been affected by the general downturn in the real estate market - so how much you attribute to the turbines and how much to the market is difficult, especially when very few properties have sold in the last two or three years.  (note:  There are approximately 20 properties with for sale signs at the pond, about 10% of the total.  Historically properties changed hands within families or by word of mouth and "For Sale" signs were rarely seen).

Q. So properties have not been moving since the turbines were permitted and then constructed?

A. It appears that way.   

Q. What do you think of the turbines?

A. I was out on the pond fishing the other evening.  It was very quiet on the pond,  but the turbines were turning and I could hear them clearly.   

Q. Do you expect valuations to increase?

A. Yes,  the last appraisal was in 1995, so even with the downturn and the turbines properties are worth more than they were then.  The good news for Roxbury Pond is that people who have frontage on the Swift River (in the town of Roxbury) are going to see their valuations increase quite a bit, because I consider that to be "waterfront property"  just the same as a property with frontage on Roxbury Pond. 


Comment by Dan McKay on September 22, 2012 at 7:39am

The town needs to be aware of this degradation of Roxbury Pond. They must bring in experts and bring light to this problem as soon as possible. Roxbury Pond is and will be the lifeblood of Roxbury long after the wind turbines come down, which should be about 4 years from now.


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