Now that the Prairie Queen Wind Farm is operational, owners EDP Renewals at some point this year will pay $250,000 to Allen County as a “payment in lieu of taxes” (PILOT). Those payments will be made each year for the next 10 years while the wind farm is exempt from property taxes. The only stipulation is that the money is to be used “to enhance educational opportunities.”
Allen County commissioners will distribute the money, but it is not quite clear how they will do so.
The SAFE Schools committee, a countywide volunteer group with representatives of area schools and public service agencies, plan to attend the March 3 commission meeting to ask commissioners to start thinking about how they might distribute those funds.