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Boose picked as president of commissioners

Cary Ashby • Jan 9, 2018 at 2:00 AM

Terry Boose has been elected the president of the Huron County commissioners for 2018. 

Boose also will be the official voting representative at the annual meeting of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO). 

Skip Wilde was elected the vice president and will be the CCAO alternate. 

The commissioners were asked about the feedback they received from township trustees, government officials and residents during the most recent two-part town hall meeting on alternate energy. The board hosted a similar, public meeting in December.

“They had a lot of questions,” Wilde said. “But I think we answered a lot of questions.”

Huron County is being asked to declare itself an alternate energy zone (AEZ) or use a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (aka PILOT) project. An AEZ is a type of tax exemption permitted by law that applies to qualified energy projects, including wind turbines. A PILOT project  would pay out $9,000 per megawatt annually for the next 30 years.

“They average it out over 30 years. It’s going to be the same payment each year,” Boose said earlier, referring to a PILOT project.

In general, Boose said he hasn’t heard much support about an AEZ, while many people definitely are against it and residents and government officials are divided on a PILOT project.

“I would agree with that,” Wilde said.

Commissioner Joe Hintz wasn’t at last week’s town hall meeting because he was sick.

The commissioners said one of the questions they answered for local school districts is a PILOT wouldn’t impact their state money. Boose said there would be a loss of local control in an AEZ, specifically in what type of projects would come to the county.

Boose and Wilde each said during the town hall meeting they don’t see a circumstance in which they would support an AEZ. 

“No one has changed my mind at that meeting,” said Boose, who will remain open-minded until a decision is made.

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