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Pero, ¿qué pasa con los impuestos, los trabajos y el valor de nuestras propiedades, etc.?

What about Tax revenue? Won't these industrial facilities bring money to Dover ? 

Well, while you and I pay our taxes, some of these power companies, like Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) don’t exactly pay their fair share, so our Town and Planning Board should ensure that these facilities will be paying full tax before even considering. 


Let’s look at CVEC, i.e. - that monstrous gas plant. According to an audit of the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) by Dutchess County Comptroller, Robin Lois - in 2017,  CVEC should’ve paid the town $11.7 million dollars in property taxes but they paid us $109,521 dollars instead. 


It’s called a PILOT payment (payment in lieu of taxes), and it’s BS. They should’ve paid us $59 million in school taxes but they only paid $552,559 instead. 

That’s like you and me taking the five bucks today when we could’ve gotten $1,000 if we just waited for the week. Through 2050, the gas plant will have avoided paying $1 BILLION dollars in taxes. 


While some of these projects like NY Transco said that they will pay full tax, others may not. We can't allow another situation like CVEC to happen again. 

But what about jobs? These industrial energy facilities will bring permanent jobs, right?

Nope. The Cricket Valley Energy Center promised some jobs for highly skilled individuals. Yes, there were short-term jobs during the construction phase, but not every worker was from this town and again it was short-term. Today, they employ about 28 people - that don't necessarily live in Dover. 


It's not the same thing as for instance a grocery store employing managers, people to work the front, people to stock the shelves, maintenance staff, etc. or a medical facility providing permanent employment for our town's skilled nurses, doctors, and administrators. 


These upcoming projects aren’t coming with the promise of permanent jobs. Take NY Transco for example, after it's built, it will be an unmanned site. 

And my property value...?

Following the construction of the Cricket Valley Energy power plant, a local resident had their property appraised, which led to a 25% reduction in their tax assessment. This suggests that the presence of such an industrial facility can adversely impact property values in the surrounding areas.

For many individuals, their homes are the most substantial investment they make, both financially and emotionally. The value of their property often serves as a source of financial security and stability for their family's future. When large-scale industrial projects like power plants are built in the vicinity, it can impact the desirability of the area and potentially reduce the value of the homes nearby. This is particularly concerning for residents who may have invested a significant portion of their savings in their homes and are now facing the prospect of financial loss due to the construction of these facilities.

Surely, this will be the last of it...?

The town recently revised our Comprehensive Plan, which means they're revising zoning as well. 


As of right now, the town is proposing new industrial/commercial zoning along Route 22 and Route 55.


Once we open the door for one, the rest come knocking.  


The thing is, we don’t have to zone for industry (and obviously, not all industry is bad!). We can zone for more commercial use and only commercial use so we can get stores and commerce in our town; a grocery store, medical facilities, a theater, live music venue, cafe shops, arts center, shopping – things to do!


And we can zone so that when industry does come to our town, it’s small-scale, local industry that actually revitalizes Dover and doesn’t deplete it.

We need the right kind of development, and utility infrastructure is not "it."

Okay, but our electricity will be cheaper?

Or the power they supply comes right to us?

No. The power supply does not come to Dover, it goes outside of Dover.  Dover is host and not a  beneficiary. We are technically considered an overburdened town by EJ terms on many factors, but especially because we host Cricket Valley Energy Gas Plant. Our town should not carry the full load for the state's initiatives when we don't benefit. 

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Mapa proporcionado por Transco en la audiencia pública del 19/9/22 que muestra la transmisión de energía directamente a Westchester y NYC. 

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