The WDT reports Jefferson County continues to pursue the goal of a standard PILOT agreement for wind projects. That would spare lawmakers the messy job of considering and passing judgment on individual proposals.
How about a different take. That's their role. The decision to tax rests with elected officials and the power to exempt some from taxes should take place in the same forum.
Also, coming up with a uniform PILOT assumes all situations are the same, including need. In fact, uniformity suggests everyone in that business gets exemptions. This is a long way from the notion of targeting inducements to situations where normal economic factors stymie a business plan.
Since these policies include exempting other taxes (sales and mortgage) that affect every community in the County, those stakeholders need to be heard from.
Often there is a move in government to off-load tough decisions away from political leadership to unelected entities. However, it is in the crucible of political discourse that public policy issues need to be debated. That is the essence of a representitive republic.
Watertown Daily Times | Board weighs PILOT options