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Tax appeals

May 8, 2013

Dear editor, In reference to the ongoing tax appeals of various Warren County non-profits, we are writing to commend Commissioner John Bortz for taking a courageous stand on behalf of these valuable......

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writer10

May-08-13 2:26 AM

sounds to me doing the right thing would be to go after these places that are posing as nonprofits. Much of what I have witnessed and heard, pretty much leaves me to believe that these places are indeed racking up the dollars.

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st0newa11

May-08-13 4:44 AM

Very well written letter. It's refreshing to see correct grammar. However, "Every union member in this County should sit up and take notice" says it all. Non-profit, my foot.

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warrenpausa

May-08-13 7:03 AM

A self defeating letter. Next election I will vote for Vanco for standing up to this type of intimidation.

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25or624

May-08-13 8:14 AM

This is a perfect example of why the decisions on non-profit tax-exempt status should remain with the courts. Here are two unions applying political pressure on "legislators" to take a specific action.

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peeon1

May-08-13 8:52 AM

As a 25yr. (former) dues paying member of AFSCME Local 2446. The only comment I have is I'm glad I am able to add the word "former". I could not disagree with them more. They should be expending their energies on fighting for fair taxation for all. They should know more than anyone the greediness of the administration at WGH. How soon we forget just a few short years ago the bargaining unit employees took a cut in pay because the hospital was in such "dire straits", When in all actuality some members of management was making 6 figure salaries and getting bonuses to boot. Way to go Vanco and Eggleston you got my vote. (I hope my grammar is correct)?

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Brazil

May-08-13 10:03 AM

The most telling part of this long letter which basically repeats the same message several times is that there is not one sentence that I could find that advocates any reason why the Hospital should be provided tax exempt status. There is much in the letter that decries the process but not a word that supports a non-profit status. Once again this is a case of a Hospital Administration that could have come forward early on and difused the situation by asking for some sort of payment in lieu of taxes but didn't. That's where Mr. Bortz thinking and pronouncements go awry. With top Administrators making between $175,000 to $400,000 per year I can't imagine their pleas of poverty are going to result in a groundswell of public support. The Hospital's claim of providing charitible care has some credibility but the credit they try to give themselves is far beyond the reality when one digs into the data.

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peeon1

May-08-13 11:31 AM

Where in the union bylaws say they have the right to express the views of a few and make it appear as the view of most of the membership? The newspaper should run a retraction stating it is only the view of those who signed the letter. It's bad enough the union tries to tell you who you should vote for in every election. Are they aware King Corbett was a regular visitor over there before the last election? Wonder what all the union members who work for the liquor stores would have to say about that? Maybe an open shop law isn't such a bad idea?

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commonsense

May-08-13 3:48 PM

I am still very curious as to why all of a sudden all these non-profits are being investigated. This assessment board just decided after all these years to look at this issue. I didn't know they can just (out of the blue sky) do so many reviews. It appears there was a request/complaint. Who would benefit? I would not be surprised at all if our inefficient, insensitive, and dysfunctional WCSD (who will benefit ) was behind this issue. You know it's not the overstaffed central office and non-teaching jobs, it's really the education for the students. YEH RIGHT!!!

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dubedit

May-09-13 11:46 AM

Figures. Employees of taxpayer-funded entities don't want to lose their special privileges. EVERYBODY should pay property tax: Churches, hospitals, etc. Even governmental entities should pay property tax to local governments (not schools). Their roads are plowed, aren't they? Money-sucking parasites.

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warrenpausa

May-10-13 8:21 AM

Based upon the comments posted, I don't think this letter had the effect the girls hope for.

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