Friday, June 5, 2009

Brown University Fights Back: $50 Million in PILOT Payments Over Twenty Years is Enough

The June 4, 2009, issue of Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Brown University is objecting to the prospect of paying more than its "fair share" for local government services in the form of either higher taxes on nonprofits or a per student fee.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

Ms. [Ruth J.] Simmons [(Brown's president)], in her letter yesterday to Brown students, alumni, and faculty and staff members, said university officials understood “the city’s need to make tough decisions to balance its budget.” But the university has also had to make sacrifices and difficult choices, she said, including budget reductions, layoffs, and salary and hiring freezes. Brown’s leaders “would be loath to ask the university community to shoulder even greater sacrifices,” she wrote, “particularly not our students and their families, who work hard to plan and save for higher education.”

For the full article, see "Brown U. Already Pays Its 'Fair Share,' Its President Says as City Asks for More"in the June 4, 2009, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Also, for the full text of Brown's president's letter to the city of Providence, go here: http://www.brown.edu/Administration/President/letters/2008-2009/2009-06-legislation.html

DAB

 

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