There is increasing evidence that Industrial Wind Turbines(IWT) cause significant loss of property values to nearby lands. Many people who have tried to move away from IWT’s have found themselves unable to sell their properties. Others who have invested their life savings in their home or farm find they cannot afford to sell. This is a particularly bad predicament for those who are experiencing adverse health effects.
The best independent study on the effects of IWT’s on land values was done in Malancthon, Ontario.
Here is the link: Property Values under “devaluation”
We w0uld encourage everyone to file for property tax reduction because of industrial wind turbines/sub stations near your house and property.
Steps to follow re: MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Corporation)
- In November of every year, you will receive your Property Assessment Notice from MPAC.
- If you have turbines or substation near your house, or if there are plans to build them near your house, you may wish to consider filing a Request for Reconsideration (RfR) with MPAC. This is a request to have have them reconsider your property tax amount.
- The RfR must be received by MPAC by the end of March of the following year. (If your Property Assessment Notice was received Nov./11 – you would send your RfR by the end of March/12 – MPAC needs to receive it by end of March/12)
- Fill in the “Request for Reconsideration” Form available on their website.
- Explain your reasons for reconsideration – that of course is easy, briefly explain how the turbines/substation have, in your opinion, reduced the value of your home. You may wish to describe how the turbines/sub station have affected your quality of life, your health etc. When filing out the form, also specify that your house and property value have been affected, not just your house or property. MPAC must receive this by the end of March.
- The form can be sent via email, fax or mail (info is on form). PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU PRINT ALL FORMS YOU FILL OUT. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO KEEP FOR YOUR RECORDS.
- If you send in a Request for Reconsideration (RfR) (by the end of March), you will then receive a response from MPAC probably within 2 months. This response acknowledges receipt of your Request for Reconsideration (RfR) for the property tax year you are filing for. If your RfR results in a revised property assessment, you will decide whether to accept the reduction they offer (if they do) or you may decide to file an appeal with the ARB (Assessment Review Board) – you will be asked to sign Minutes of Settlement showing your decision.
In Ontario there are a growing number of cases where landowners/homeowners have applied successfully for reassessment. Here is a case where the tribunal granted a 50% reduction in assessment to a homeowner who had a windfarm built across the road from his house.