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Jackson Co., IL power company issues statement on not paying tax bill

JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

The Jackson County, Illinois power company has released a statement in regards to not paying its tax bill.

Grand Tower Energy issued this statement on Monday:

"Grand Tower Energy Center wants to be a good corporate citizen by paying fair and accurate taxes that are based on the Illinois Property Tax Code’s statutes of fair cash value on the open market. Unfortunately, the Jackson County property tax assessment is not based on this principle.

"We have been working with the Jackson County assessor’s office for nearly two years to resolve this issue. Despite our repeated attempts to negotiate in good faith – including initiating mediation efforts with a well-respected retired Illinois judge of many years and making the assessor’s office aware of the plant’s difficult financial situation – our efforts have been rebuffed.

"We recently submitted our appeal for the second year to the Jackson County Board of Review.

"Grand Tower Energy Center is not in a financial position to make tax payments based on the current assessment.

"Grand Tower Energy Center remains hopeful that a fair and accurate assessment can be reached.  We are committed to make every effort to resolve this issue so we can provide reliable power to Southern Illinois as well as jobs and other economic benefits to our local community."

We told you earlier in December about how leaders in the Shawnee School District were worried what they would do without the company's tax money.

The school district gets about $1.6 million from Jackson County, with $1.4 million of that coming from the power plant.

Without the money, the school district has had no choice but to put some student programs on hold.

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