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Thumb State Rep. Kurt Damrow, Port Austin Republican, Introduces Tax Increase on Alternative Energy

Bad Axe, Michigan – Local State Rep. Kurt E. Damrow, from Port Austin Michigan introduced proposed legislation creating a unique tax for commercial wind, biomass and solar systems. This proposal is being reviewed by the Michigan House Committee on Tax Policy. House Bills 5278 and 5279 to create an Alternative Commercial Energy Systems (ACES).

The new tax introduced by Damrow would be the greater of; a yearly flat tax based on capacity, or $4 per megawatt hour generated for sale that year. The minimum tax for any commerical system would be $15,400 a year for one megawatt systems. If passed this would affect small commercial operations occuring on several farms in Michigan.

The bills are viewed as a response to replacement for the personal property on tax wind developments which reduced local tax revenue. ACES would effectively replace a portion of those lost revenues.


Lake Township Hears Objections to Revoking Boat Hoist Restrictions. Vote Postponed

Lake Township, Caseville, Michigan – January 25th. – The township board was inundated by a high turnout during a rare mid-winter Planning Board session.  The motion of revoking the ordinances restricting boat hoists within beach easements was met by opposition from local residents and seasonal owners. The ordinance, enacted in 2007, prevents lake easements from becoming residential marinas along the beach. The current zoning ordinance limits residents to two hoists per 25 foot of easement shoreline.

The board postponed a vote and further discussion until February 22nd.  A date, coincidently, that falls during mid-winter break for most schools. Turnout may be much higher by seasonal residents.

Lake Township residents are still in the dark as to why the Lake Township board wants to kill this successful ordinance.