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Taxing Wind Farms

By Gordon HopkinsIt is rare that a company asks to be taxed more, but that is exactly what happened at a recent meeting of the Jefferson County Commissioners.The Steele Flats Wind Farm in Steele City is owned and operated by NextEra Energy Resources. Representatives of NextEra appeared at a public hearing on Tuesday, March 1, to discuss possible changes to regulations governing wind farms in the county. The existing wind farm was referenced multiple times as a source of tax revenue for the county. During the hearing, county commissioner Gale Pohlmann expressed concerns that NextEra was not paying as much in taxes as was anticipated.“There’s ...

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