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Aggregate, wind production taxes for county lower in 2021

Mavis Fodness

Taxes garnered annually on aggregate materials and wind production in Rock County were lower in 2021, according to information presented at the April 5 County Board meeting.
Aggregate tax in 2021 was $145,174, down from the 10-year high of $189,969 in 2020.
The wind production tax was $767,870 for 2021, down from $792,326 in 2020 and considerably less than the high of $896,429 in 2015.
A portion of the aggregate tax ($58,614) is divided among the townships.
Mound Township received the highest aggregate tax amount of $20,499 followed by townships of Denver $16,767, Vienna $9,092, Battle Plain $6,348, Luverne $3,454, and Clinton $2,452.
The townships of Beaver Creek, Kanaranzi, Magnolia, Martin, Rose Dell and Springwater each receive $500.
Of the aggregate tax, Rock County received $58,614 for the road and bridge fund with $20,687 placed in a special reclamation reserve fund and $7,259 for administrative fees.
Northern Con-Agg was the highest aggregate taxpayer in Rock County at $48,067 followed by Bremik Materials Inc. at $41,529, Henning Construction $20,284, Buffalo Ridge Concrete $15,723, Reker Construction $9,513, W&N Construction $8,557, and Central Specialties $1,501.
Of the wind production tax, Rock County received $614,296, which is divided between the highway department equipment fund and the countywide broadband bond.
Townships where the wind turbines are located split $153,574.
Denver Township received $81,620 followed by Rose Dell $58,664, Springwater $11,478, Luverne $1,397, and Martin $415.
The planned Walleye Wind Farm in western Rock County is scheduled to be completed this fall.

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