In 2010, the Jefferson County Industrial development Agency had been working on the development of a Uniform Tax Exemption Policy , a policy that governs payments in lieu of taxes or PILOT payments. Both BP and Acciona wanted the JCIDA to take away a towns right to veto a PILOT agreement .
The scheme to cut out taxing jurisdictions was put forward by BP attorney Justin S. Miller, Harris Beach PLLC, Albany.
"The IDA is not required to make changes forwarded by the taxing jurisdictions," he said. "There is no required consent or veto power of the taxing jurisdiction — you're just required to have a public process." If a pilot is negotiated for BP’s project, they will be paying a fraction of what they should be paying.
The wind developer gets a reduction in the taxes that they are required to pay. The AVERAGE decrease in property values for homeowners in a community that hosts turbines is 30% to 40%
When the property assessments are accordingly reduced this means a reduction in tax revenue for the community. The result of this will be an increase in tax rates to cover this loss in tax revenue.
Recently it was reported that BP’s Chandler had been seen visiting Don Alexander CEO of the Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency.
Both BP $ ACCIONA had been working in unison for years to bring Cape Vincent into submission .
 Link here to a Watertown Times editorial Re: the IDA, PILOTS $ BP
Below is a letter sent to the JICDA from Acciona’s project developer Tim Conboy.
Regarding the development of a uniform tax exempt policy in Jefferson County.