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Our opinion: Taxing the public good

August 16, 2013

In every community there are institutions whose primary mission is to serve the public good, not chase profits....

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Aug-20-13 12:04 AM

Brazil is spot on here. These organizations do perform various levels of public good, but also benefit greatly from public services provided by tax dollars. A "payment in lieu of taxes" agreement could have been easily negotiated, but these organizations have elected to fight for their "zero" tax contribution status. At some point, be it with these court cases or others in the near future, they are going to lose. At that point, you can bet they will suddenly think negotiating a "payment in lieu" will be a grand idea.

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Aug-16-13 9:07 PM

Who will benefit from these additional taxes? Does anyone really think us homeowners will see a lowering of our taxes, GET SERIOUS! It is quite obvious the only benefit will be to our inefficient and overstaffed school district administration and to our too many high schools. I would not be at all surprised if this review was instigated by our WCSD administration and BOD. Gotta keep all those jobs in this town.

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Aug-16-13 1:23 PM

One only has to do a little outside reading to note that what is happening in Warren County is happening across the Country. More hospitals and large non-profits are coming to the realization that it is better to negotiate an agreement because in the long run this is a debate they are going to lose. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but rest assured they are going to lose. They probably could have paid quite a bit towards the first few years in what they have spent on legal fees avoiding the inevitable. We are tired of our taxes going up while they get a completely free ride. We'll give up the free screen and vote for a lower tax rate for ourselves.

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Aug-16-13 1:12 PM

CONTINUED compromise has cost them the support of a lot of the general public. Thankfully at some point this might get to an independent judge who will rule on the facts.

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Aug-16-13 1:12 PM

In a shrinking community with lower income levels don’t you think it is about time that some of our larger non-profits contribute a bit towards the burden of services provided? Especially, since they are direct recipient of these services. When you pay your CEO $400,000 a year, and other staff comfortable 6 figure salaries, continually use charge rates which virtually no one in actuality pays to calculate your charity care, and tout free services, many of which result in findings that lead to considerable additional patient services for which the hospital charges a question has to be asked. Namely, really, you can’t afford to pay one thin dime for the government services you receive? You can’t do payment in lieu of taxes? Your answer is ZERO. Same with the YMCA, I appreciate your free memberships to needy families. I have no problem taking all that into consideration but once again you can’t help out a little? The failure of these Corporations to reach some sort of long term compromis

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Aug-16-13 12:07 PM

This honestly isn't a smart aleck question.

Why do the tax and government haters want to tax public service organization?

I'm seriously curious.

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Aug-16-13 9:32 AM

This honestly isn't a smart aleck question.

What free services do each of the listed organizations offer?

I'm seriously curious.

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