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Township prepares for tax revenue loss once Consumers closes coal plants

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As Consumers Energy shifts to more clean energy, part of the plan includes shutting down two Mid-Michigan coal-burning plants.

The community where the plants reside are preparing to feel the effects for years to come.

When the Karn Generating Complex Plants in Bay County close, significant tax revenue will disappear with them.

“I was sad,” Hampton Township Supervisor Terri Close said.

Close said the sad news came Wednesday when Consumers announced it would be shutting down the two plants at its Karn Weadock Facility.

She said it wasn’t a surprise, but she didn’t think it would happen this soon.

“We have been anticipating this type of revenue decrease in our tax base and we’re trying to make steps to accommodate those changes,” Close said.

Those plants are set to be shut down by 2023, which also shuts down a major source of funding for Hampton Township.

In 2017, Consumers Energy generated $600,000 in tax revenue for the township.

Close said even though Consumers Energy is shutting down the plants, the company is still trying to be a good neighbor.

“Consumers has been very involved in the community and they have told us they plan to continue to do that,” Close said.

She said Consumers Energy is offering to help the township with economic redevelopment.

In the meantime, Close is trying to prepare for life with 26 percent less money in the township budget.

“I do plan on having a town hall meeting to let everybody know what is happening and ask them for their input on what they find to be crucial to this community. And we will definitely look at that and weigh that in our decision-making process,” Close said.

Consumers said the 200 workers at the Karn plants will be transitioned to other jobs.

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