Clarke seeks seat on Dixfield Board of Selectmen

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Eileen M. Adams/Sun Journal

Norine Clarke, candidate for Dixfield selectman

Norine Clarke

Running for a seat on the Board of Selectmen

Blayne Street, Dixfield

Small business owner

Mexico High School and University of Maine graduate

Age 72

Spouse: Ralph

Three children, two grandchildren

 

Norine Clarke believes an industrial wind farm will be a good thing for the town's tax base and the town's taxpayers.

As a former selectman for nearly six years, she and former Selectman Steve Donahue wrote a wind energy ordinance that Dixfield residents will also vote on in the Nov. 6 general election.

People say a wind farm will cost more by raising valuations, particularly for school and county taxes, but there are many ways to handle the income that doesn't place a burden on the town, but gives us money. It depends on how it's done by arranging how the taxes are applied,” she said.

The project is expected to bring in about $800,000 annually in property taxes plus another $4,000 a year for each of the 12 to 14 turbines that are planned for construction.

Clarke said the proposed ordinance provides regulations that protect the environment, keeps noise to a minimum, provides many safety measures, and calls for numerous requirements to be met by the windfarm's owner if the turbines are decommissioned.

These projects don't cut off mountain tops,” she said. “They reforest and leave the road just wide enough for service vehicles.”

She believes property taxes would likely drop by one-third to one-half if the wind mills are built.

Clarke is also very active in many community activities, including the Economic Development Council, the Outdoor Market Committee, and other groups concerned with the welfare of the town. She served on the Finance Committee for more than 30 years.

Some residents have suggested that the positions of town manager and town treasurer not be replaced when the two people leave in early January. Instead, she said the suggestion has been made to hire an administrative assistant.

I see that as going backwards. I'm concerned about the future of the town in general, and can't see not taking advantage of what the wind farm could give us,” she said. “I want to continue the good work that's been done. It's also important that a woman be on the board.”

She asks for residents' votes whether they want wind power or not.

If the wind ordinance is voted down, there's no wind project,” she said.

 

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Alice Barnett's picture

2 miles from turbines

expect your property values to drop.......will your property taxes drop too?

Norman Mitchell's picture

cost-benefit analysis backed up by economic reasoning

The Beacon Hill Institute (the research arm of the Department of Economics at Suffolk University in Boston ) applied its STAMP® (State Tax Analysis Modeling Program) to estimate the economic effects of these RPS mandates. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), a division of the Department of Energy, provides optimistic estimates of renewable electricity costs and capacity factors. We base our estimates on EIA projections The increased energy prices will hurt Maine’s households and businesses and, in turn, inflict significant harm on the state economy. In 2017, the RPS will:
• Lower employment by an average of 995 jobs, within a range of 820 jobs and 1,165 jobs
• Reduce real disposable income by $85 million, within a range of $70 million and $100 million
• Decrease investment by $11 million, within a range of $9 million and $13 million
• Increase the average household electricity bill by $80 per year; commercial businesses by an average of $615 per year; and industrial businesses by an average of $14,350 per year.
• The Maine RPS law will raise the cost of electricity by $145 million for the state’s consumers in 2017, within a low-range estimate of $120 million and a high-range estimate of $175 million
• Maine’s electricity prices will rise by 8 percent by 2017, due to the RPS law.
• Maine is the only New England State in which industry is the largest energy consuming sector; the industrial sector accounted for 34 percent of energy consumed in 2010.
• Virtually all of Maine's net electricity generation comes from nonutility power producers.
• In 2011, half of Maine's net electricity generation came from renewable energy resources, with 25 percent from hydroelectricity, 21 percent from wood, and 4.5 percent from wind.
Maine is 44 in carbon dioxide emissions in the us

Dan McKay's picture

It always disturbs me when

It always disturbs me when politicians throw numbers around without any back-up math. That usually means : taxpayer beware.

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