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Are Providence’s major nonprofit institutions making large enough payments in lieu of taxes to the city?


With the announcement last week of a new agreement with Providence College to make increased payments to the city in lieu of taxes, Mayor Angel Taveras has convinced all seven of the major nonprofit educational and health care institutions located in Providence to increase their Pilot payments.

The effort by the mayor is part of his strategy to help the city establish more stable fiscal footing. And while the amounts are substantial, they are still well short of what the city’s universities and medical institutions would be paying in taxes if they were not exempt.

Is this a good deal for Providence and the nonprofits, or should the tax-exempts starting paying as if they were taxable?


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The resources the non-profits bring into the city of Providence far out weigh any tax relief they receive. Without many of these institutions, there would be no downtown Providence. I believe their contributions to the city and the state are significant and we should be cautious about greed taking over from common sense. Leave the non-profits alone and concentrate on how the city as well as the state can bring more business into Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in order to create a stronger economic and environmentally secure Rhode Island.

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