We've written here several times about the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind for Schools program, a laudable initiative that has resulted in the installation of wind turbines at a number of local elementary and secondary schools around the nation. But there's another "wind for schools" benefit in many areas–property tax income–that is exemplified by a recent article in the News-Gazette, a local paper serving East Central Illinois.
According to the article, the Paxton-Buckley-Loda (PBL) school district "should see a $1 million spike in revenue next year, while homeowners in the district should see a savings on their property tax bills next summer, thanks to the construction of a wind farm near Paxton" which has pushed the district's assessed valuation from $134 million to more than $158 million.
At the same time, the wind project will ease the property tax burden on homeowners in the district by about $54 (for the owner of a $100,000 home), the article said, and will trim the tax rate to its lowest level since 2003. That's certain to be welcome news.
Paul Woodin Memorial Scholarship Fund honors Northwest visionary, November 15, 2012
Study: Wind power puts more dollars in rural county residents' pockets, October 9, 2012
Wind for Schools project has banner year in 2011, August 2, 2012
Pioneering community college hopes for PTC extension soon, July 23, 2012
New Oklahoma wind farm brings economic benefits, July 13, 2012
S.D. technical school president on edge about PTC extension, July 3, 2012
Arizona investment fund awards $1.3 million to Native American groups for renewable energy projects, June 25, 2012
Birthplace of Wind for Schools, Colorado program honored with Wirth Chair Award, May 8, 2012
Tax payments to S.D. counties illustrate impact of wind tax credit, May 8, 2012
With Illinois launch, Wind for Schools enters new era, April 16, 2012
In triumph for Maine high school students, wind turbine goes online, April 3, 2012
Free at last: High school students get final signoff to install 100-kW wind turbine, December 23, 2011