From the Surface Transportation Board, Office of Environmental Analysis:

SERVICE DATE - JUNE 10, 2016
 
 
SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD NOTICE STB Docket No. FD 35952
 
GREAT LAKES BASIN TRANSPORTATION, INC - AUTHORITY TO CONSTRUCT AND OPERATE A RAIL LINE IN INDIANA, ILLINOIS AND WISCONSIN
 
 
Decided: June 10, 2016
 
Notice of Extension of Comment Period for the Draft Scope of Study
 
The Surface Transportation Board's (Board) Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), a Draft Scope of Study, and a notice of scoping meetings in the above-captioned proceeding on March 18, 2016 and published it in the Federal Register on the same day. In the NOI, OEA invited public comments on the Draft Scope of Study, potential alternative routes for the proposed rail line, and environmental issues and concerns by May 16, 2016. In response to a number of comments and the extensive scope of the proposed construction, OEA issued a Notice on April 8, 2016 to advise the public and all interested parties that the comment period would be extended until June 15, 2016. OEA has received a number of requests for a further extension of the comment period and is issuing today's Notice to advise the public and all interested parties that the comment period will be extended again an additional 30 days.
Comments are now due by July 15, 2016. No further extensions of time will be granted.
 
OEA will issue a Final Scope of Study for the EIS after the close of the scoping comment period. Any comments previously submitted on the NOI and Draft Scope of Study need not be resubmitted.
 


Dixon… State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) passed legislation in the Illinois House before the end of May to extend the process by which wind energy devices are assessed for property taxes, providing stability for both the industry and local taxing districts.

“I am glad to deliver a stable, predictable method that both local government and wind energy developers can use for the next five years,” said Rep. Demmer.  “This helps communities and businesses plan for the future. That is good for taxpayers and good for wind energy employees.”

Prior to the passage of SB 2612, the assessment process for wind energy devices was scheduled to sunset in tax year 2016.  Under the terms of the legislation, the assessment process will be extended five years, until 2021.

Wendy Ryerson, Chief County Assessment Officer for Lee County and past president of the Illinois Chief County Assessment Officers Association, reacted the passage of SB 2612, “the continuation of the state-wide assessment standard provided by SB 2612 offers stability for taxing districts and wind project owners, and gives assessment officials a proven methodology to follow.  It is a win-win for everyone.”

Rep. Demmer’s legislation was supported by the Illinois County Assessment Officers Association, the Fair Assessment Information Resources Committee, and the Illinois Farm Bureau.

Rep. Demmer can be contacted at his district office located at 1221 Currency Court, Rochelle, IL 61068 or by calling the office at (815) 561-3690.

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