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Town of Athens agrees to tax break for Athens Generating Plant

Jun 20, 2023 1:03 pm

Nancy Kern reports for Columbia-Greene Media that Greene County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director April Ernst said last week that the Town of Athens has agreed to a tax break for the Athens Generating Plant. The town was last remaining entity needed to sign onto the deal, after previous approvals by Catskill Central School District, and and Greene County. The Athens Generating Plant is not a new company lured to the area by the tax break. The power plant has been in Greene County for two decades and is not going anywhere. Still, Greene County is giving them a discount on their taxes. The story does not say how much less in taxes Athens Generating Plant will pay because of the tax break. While almost all public comments in this matter have been against the tax break, in the Greene County Legislature, only only Republican Ed Bloomer from Athens voted against it, and he said, "I voted against it on the county level not because I didn’t believe in it, but because I went with the will of my constituents.” At the Catskill Central School District Board of Education only Brittany Williams did not vote for the tax break, abstaining instead. At public hearings, taxpayers wondered why this company should get tax breaks, when others do not, and complained about the plant's contributions to global warming and bad environmental effects. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.

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