Illinois schools benefit from wind farm

While America's economy is recovering slowly from the Great Recession, many states and local communities are feeling the budget pinch from falling tax revenues. One exception, though, is the Olympia school district in Illinois, which is seeing a jump in tax revenue (without an increase in property tax rates) due in part to the construction and operation of Horizon Wind Energy's Railsplitter Wind Farm.

According to local news reports, the wind farm has increased the district's tax income by some $440,000 to just under $12 million: "'The wind farms are really helping generate revenue,' business and operations manager Andrew Wise told the [school] board Monday night."

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