Groups against wind farms to speak at Bellevue ISD meeting

BOWIE,TX(RNN Texoma) - On Tuesday Bellevue ISD school board members are scheduled to consider Texas Tax Code Chapter 313.

An agreement where a taxpayer builds or installs property, like a wind farm, in order to get a ten-year limitation on that taxable property value.

This one would impact Southern Clay and Northern Montague County.

George Clay, a landowner, and member of the Montague County Heritage Association said he's against it.

"I truly believe that this is going to fundamentally change this community and it's going to be permanent," Clay said.

He and those with the Montague County Against Wind Farms and Clay County Against Wind Farms, who successfully fought off two proposed projects like this in the past, will be at that meeting to let others know how they feel.

Clay said if approved, not only will it be an eyesore but it could be harmful to wildlife.

"They have lights that flash all night long and they make noise while they are turning," Clay said. "There are all kinds of reflective issues with if you're looking out your window or just if you're sitting there, you're seeing these blades go around constantly."

A wind farm fact sheet created by the Montague County Heritage Association, and shared by Clay shows they believe wind turbines will kill water wells due to massive ground vibrations.

It adds real estate companies and realtors could go out of business because they say no one wants to buy land with wind turbines nearby.

"We've seen quite the opposite in studies where it does affect the value of the land as much as 40 percent of the devalue and the land values," Clay said. "So if you were looking for a piece of land and you see something over here that doesn't have a wind farm and something where you do have a wind farm, you're probably going to choose the land where there is no wind farm."

The Bellevue school board meeting is this Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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