Wednesday, June 27, 2018

St. Paul Struggles with Nonprofit Taxation Issues

    In this article, Larry Kaplan, discusses the city of St. Paul’s new solution to get money from nonprofit organizations that do not have to pay property taxes. The article begins with the failed “right of way assessment program”, a bill to nearly every property in the city for snow clearing and removal of trash. The state Supreme Court struck down the implementation of this plan, so new ideas have been introduced. One of these new ideas is to get rid of street fees altogether and raise the property tax levy that specifically exempts nonprofit organizations, and then ask nonprofits to make voluntary payments in lieu of taxes, or PILOTS. St. Paul would seek payments from nonprofits with more than $15 million in property value. St. Paul has some concerns with the payments and their voluntary nature. To learn more about this interesting solution, click here:



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