A couple of articles reporting on the outcome of the Kenney's challenge of their property assessment.
Given the agencies of this government can't see the health impacts, it isn't surprising they have similar vision problems with property valuation impacts.
Ontario couple loses wind turbines property tax case - Toronto - CBC News:
An Ontario couple who launched a case arguing that nearby wind turbines devalued their waterfront home and should be a factor in their property assessment has lost the challenge.The full article can be read at the CBC site.
A two-person panel from the province's Assessment Review Board has ruled that proximity to wind turbines would not be a factor in deciding how much property tax Edward and Gail Kenney should pay.
The Kingston Whig Standard also reported on the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation decision:
Ed and Gail Kenney are calling it a setback, not a defeat.The full article can be read at the Kingston Whig Standard site
The Wolfe Island couple learned this week that the potentially precedent-setting challenge to their home property assessment — based on the proximity of wind turbines — was unsuccessful.
“We’re quite emotional about this,” said Gail Kenney. “We feel that common sense has not prevailed in this issue. The ordinary person should be able to go to a tribunal without being opposed by these major law firms.”
The provincial Assessment Review Board heard the Kenneys’ case over the course of five days from last May to October.
The couple was fighting a Municipal Property Assessment Corporation of their waterfront home that increased it from $200,000 in 2008 to $357,000 in 2010 — after the turbines were installed on Wolfe Island.
They say the turbines have de-valued their property by bringing in “industrial” noise and lighting, as well as created health concerns.
The two-person panel from the review board disagreed.
Though assessment reviews are generally low key and informal affairs, the Kenneys found themselves presenting evidence against two lawyers — one from MPAC and another hired by their municipality, the Township of Frontenac Islands.