New Mexico County Mulls Bonds for Wind Projects
Lincoln County, N.M., commissioners are considering issuing industrial revenue bonds for one or more of the companies pursuing development of wind farms in northern areas of the county.
But before they act, commissioners told a consultant last month they want to see an analysis of different formulas to determine the value of the alternate power sources, delineation of the methods of repayment and comparisons with other locales in New Mexico that have approved industrial bonds.
Erik Harrigan with RBC Capital Markets, the county’s financial advisor, said IRBs “basically act as conduit issuance that allows for abatement of property taxes and possibly gross receipts taxes. Since (the project) won’t be on the tax rolls, the taxes are negotiated between the government entity and company that is asking for the bonds.”
The school district within which the site falls must be included in discussions.
“Nothing in state law says how much goes to the school district, only that it is involved,” he said.