Wind project a go in HowardBy Tyler Briggs
Howard, N.Y. -All that’s left now is construction of wind turbines in the town of Howard to make them a reality.
The town board and planning board held a special meeting Tuesday evening to approve a $250 license fee to EverPower Renewables and approve an agreement with LaBella Associates to become project engineers.
The Steuben County Industrial Development Agency board approved a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement, worth $13,939,000, for the EverPower project late last week.
Town Supervisor Don Evia said $8 million will be coming Howard’s way.
“We’re a small, rural town,” he said after the meeting. “This is $8 million plus dollars. What are we going to bring in here to offset taxes? We don’t have industrial parks like Hornell and Bath. We don’t have city water to entice businesses. I don’t know what else can come to a small, rural community.
“It’s revenue to the town. Sales tax revenue has been falling slowly but surely,” Evia said. “It’s over $8 million coming to the Town of Howard. It affects what we’re going to have to raise by taxes. It’s a win-win for all taxing entities.”
But that wasn’t enough to sway some members of the crowd at the meeting, who made their opposition to wind turbines in Howard very clear.
A member of the crowd asked board members to state whether or not they have a financial tie to wind turbines coming to Howard. Trustee Bill Hatch said he’s to have a turbine built on his property, and trustee Lowell Smith said he’s to have two built on his.
Some of the crowd called for Smith’s resignation after he again reiterated his point from the last town meeting.
“You can move if you don’t like it,” he told those opposed to turbines. More...