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New Wind Tax Could Help Cass Schools

Beardstown, IL – A proposed new wind farm could make a major addition to Cass County tax revenues.

Cass County Economic Developer Steve Twaddle says up to 300 turbines are being considered on bluffs above the Sangamon River.

He says with the new method of taxing wind farms recently approved by the general assembly, the wind farms could bring in $6 million in tax revenue to the county.

He says that will be especially important to the school systems, which face declining enrollments and a shrinking tax base.

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Twaddle says the private developers are in the process of arranging leases with landowners in the area where best winds are.

The Illinois Winds web site shows frequent winds of 14 to 17 miles per hour from its Cass County meteorological tower.

If financing and lease arrangements proceed according to plan ... construction could begin by 2010.