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Comment by Robert on December 21, 2011 at 11:23am

And another...

Comment by Robert on December 21, 2011 at 11:04am

Sound familiar?

Screw the majority, do what you damn well please.

Comment by XLFD on December 18, 2011 at 1:14am

This action is different from Senate Bill 34, as that has been going nowhere as a bill in the state senate, while this is an action created by the State's Dept. of the Treasury, in the subcommittee of the State Tax Commission.  Here is the minutes from the October 31 meeting of the MI STC.  Check out near the bottom of page 2, it says: 

"It was moved by Naftaly, supported by Roberts, and unanimously approved to adopt the 2012 Wind Energy System Form 4565. (Item 18 on agenda)." 

Whereby this small Treasury Dept. subcommission consisting of three members changed the playing field by an amended WES Form 4565, allowing our Big Wind energy buddies a generous break from state and local taxes by rapid depreciation of the wind turbines.  

It begs the question:  if wind energy is an investment in the future, why does all that investment depreciate so quickly?  A one hundred million investment in materials, is worth $70,000,000 less in 6 years!

Comment by Robert on December 17, 2011 at 2:20pm

XD, so is this action the same as or in addition to Senate Bill 34? Appreciated your article but sounds the usual big wind dancing. You may also note that big wind comes in after the townships that have no structured government or if they do so small they don't have the monies to investigate, fight them. It is my understanding the zoned townships have the ultimate say. The AWSG and interested parties in Arcadia Township have invested tens of thousands of dollars in studies, consultants, signage and countless hours in the fight, with property values a key issue.

Comment by XLFD on December 17, 2011 at 1:10pm

I looked into this further, and found that the Michigan State Tax Commission actually passed this change in their taxation methods in October of this year, and apparently it just recently has been detected, most notably by a Huron County State Representative at the beginning of this month named Kurt Damrowe here's an article I eventually turned up


Must be nice; everyone's taxes are going up to pay for wind energy, but Big Wind is having their tax rates going down.  First they are subsidized by tax money, then they get major tax breaks.  Guess who makes up the tax shortfall from that utility windfall?   Those folks from CARRE, and you.

What a racket.

Comment by easymoney on December 17, 2011 at 10:59am

Like I said on an earlier post, the odds are ALWAYS in favor of the house.( sarc) do you think consumers were left out of the loop???

Comment by AQUAMAN on December 16, 2011 at 5:11pm

Nice find Robert, and well worth the read. Looks like the Utility fooled the MCC on this one again. Maybe the MCC can levy some special land use/pp tax? But I doubt it right now.

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