As Texas' electric demands continue to rise, Northeast Texas is attracting companies looking to set up solar energy farms. Several are currently working with school districts and local governments to reach payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, agreements (a tax break in exchange for guaranteed payments for a specific length of time). School districts are able to collect PILOTs without the money being taken by the state as part of its "Robin Hood" education funding formula, however, the payments are far less than what would be collected in taxes. Do you support PILOT agreements to attract solar energy companies?

You voted:

(1) comment


The problem with PILOT payments is that it ultimately hides tax revenues that if and when collected would reduce or offset the taxes being paid by individual property owners. It provides companies with the ultimate pass on have to “pay their fair share”. Everyone, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independant should oppose this program.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.