Thursday, November 13, 2008

New Wind Farm Coming to Central Illinois

A new wind farm was approved by the Ford County Board this week that will allow permitting to begin for construction.

Ford County Board members approved an application by K4 Wind Farm LLC for a special-use permit on Monday. The company, which has spent more than two years in the planning stages, previously gained approval from both the county's zoning and plan commissions.

The tax revenue to various Ford County bodies will range from $1.4 million to $2.3 million, depending on generator wattage, according to Mark Gershon, company legal representative of DLA Piper, Chicago. Of that total, Gershon estimated the county board's own tax revenue increase at $220,000 to $368,000. Additionally, up to $1.44 million in new tax revenue could go to Tri-Point school district, which operates schools in Piper City, Kempton and Cullom.

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