Deerfield Twp. gets tax boost from new substation

By Melissa Burnor

   Deerfield Township will get a boost to its tax rolls in December. The completion of the ITC Transmission’s Morocco substation last December with a stated cash value of $25 million resulted in a large increase in the personal property value for the township.
The substation’s taxable value in December will be about $11.5 million, township assessor Chris Renius said. That translates into approximately $11,500 per mill. This is above the taxes assessed on the land where the substation now stands.
The substation is also subject to the 18-mill non-homestead tax. This will bring in about  $200,000 for the schools. Although it does not mean additional monies, it does mean that Britton Deerfield Schools will get the money directly before the state aid formula payment.

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Transformer in Blissfield; awaiting next leg of journey

10:08 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 update: The transformer has arrived in station at the Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road yard. It will be here until Tuesday morning when it is moved to a truck to continue its journey to the Morocco Substation site.
Please see the Aug. 12, edition of The Advance, for photos of the Monday activity and check this website for more on its travels Tuesday.

9:26 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, update: The train has just moved onto Driggs Road, according to The Advance’s Melissa Burnor, on the scene.

9:20 a.m., Monday, Aug. 10, 2015: The massive transformer being transported via the Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road, and by truck is on the move and headed toward Blissfield. As of 9:20 a.m. Monday (today), the giant payload, bound for the under-construction Morocco Substation, was nearing Palmyra on its way to Blissfield. Reporter Melissa Burnor was on the scene and said it was making good time as it passed through Lenawee Junction a little earlier today.
The 200-plus ton component that is to be delivered to the construction site on County Line Highway in Deerfield Township, according to Adrian and Blissfield Rail Road President Mark Dobronski.
The piece has traveled from Norfolk, Va., to Cincinnati, and then Adrian where its journey resumed early today via train.