On Saturday, Jackson will become one of a growing list of Maine municipalities to address the costs and benefits of industrial wind power development within town lines, and possibly — depending on how the vote goes — modify its code of ordinances accordingly.

The creation of a wind turbine ordinance has caused significant animosity among some people in town. Those backing the ordinance accuse others of forsaking the community’s quality of life in order to attract wind turbines and the financial benefits promised. People on the other side flatly accuse proponents of trying to keep business out of town.

Looking over the proposed ordinance, with its one-mile minimum setbacks for the most common industrial-scale turbines and tough standards on noise and shadow flicker, it seems clear the document drafted by the Planning Board is not going to amount to a warm invitation to wind developers. That’s a good thing.

In one community after another — from Mars Hill to Freedom and most recently Vinalhaven — wind developers have seemingly soft-pedaled the significant risks that industrial turbines pose to the health and quality of life of those residents who live — sometimes literally — in the shadow of the turbines. In each case, certain details of the story are consistent.

While the promise of adding millions of dollars to a town’s tax base, particularly in smaller communities, sounds like a good deal, it seems that any tax relief the town might see would be canceled out in relatively short order due to funding formulas such as the Essential Programs and Services model used by the state.

Tax Increment Financing programs, or TIFs, are often mentioned also, and while they can shelter the new valuation from the state, what TIF money can be spent on is tightly regulated. The money certainly doesn’t come back to taxpayers as a refund.

We commend the people who crafted the ordinance in Jackson for putting the health, safety and welfare — the 21st-century incarnation of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness — of the town’s citizens first. While not a perfect document, perhaps, the ordinance is a good start and a step in the right direction. It can always be modified.

Our opinion, however, is but one among many, and we will not be voting on the ordinance come Saturday morning. We encourage all registered voters in Jackson to attend that meeting and make their wishes known. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. and will take place at the Community Center on the Village Road.