The news arrived on Monday that the appeal of the assessment on a Wolfe Island property owned by Ed and Gail Kenney had failed, and MPAC–Ontario’s assessment agency–declared there to be no effect on property value from the proximity of industrial wind turbines.
The Kenneys have several turbines within a kilometer of their waterfront property and 36 within several kilometers. They sought to have the assessment of their property reduced, which would mean a reduction in taxes.
Te reaction of a normal, sensible person would be that to claim NO effect on value is preposterous.
But there was a lot at stake here. Here are the facts of the case:
-the Kenneys represented themselves; on the other side, MPAC had a slew of expensive lawyers and the wind power developer hired similar talent for the township
-the Kenneys tried to call witnesses to attest to the environmental noise, i.e., a negative factor in the property value, but these witnesses such as Dr John Harrison, were disallowed
-if the Kenneys’ case had succeeded, it would have opened the floodgates to a torrent of assessment appeals, as hundreds of properties throughout war-torn Ontario are now seeing diminuition of property value. Therefore, it could NOT succeed.
The Kenneys say they are regrouping and considering their next steps, but at the Town Hall hosted by MPP Todd Smith in Picton recently, Mrs Kenney appealed to everyone to file an assessment appeal. At the least, such a flood of appeals would clog the system, but at best, someone, somewhere will succeed.
The truth is on our side.
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