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By Lou Marzeles

Reassessment of wind turbines puts tax dependent agencies in a spin


Bickleton has projected its fire district funding based on what they thought was coming for years ahead from the ubiquitous wind turbines in Klickitat County. Now they will have to rethink their whole strategy—as will all of Klickitat County.

That’s because the way wind turbines have been valued in the county is changing, dramatically and rapidly. As County Assessor Darlene Johnson puts it, the changes were presaged by a conversation she had with the State Department of Revenue before she was even elected to her new office.

“The Department of Revenue came up to me and told me that they were going to be auditing the wind turbines,” Johnson recalls, “and that if the values that I...

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Reader Comments

5150flyer writes:

I talked to the biggest realtor in the county and they say land values near wind turbines projects have been hurt. I hope the assessor keeps that in mind. And for the folks making a quick buck with wind turbines - make'm pay big time!


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