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Council testifies in opposition to PILOT bills

Joining other statewide associations on Tuesday, June 13, the Providers' Council testified at the State House before the Joint Committee on Revenue against four bills that seek to institute payments in lieu of taxes or create burdensome regulations for tax-exempt nonprofit organizations.

Providers' Council President & CEO Michael Weekes testified on a panel that also included the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs and MASSCreative. Also testifying against the PILOT bills on another panel were the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, the Trustees of Reservations and the Council of Churches.

"The primary focus of these nonprofit human services organizations is to care for the state’s most vulnerable residents and, by doing so, to provide a social and economic benefit to the public they serve and the communities in which they’re based," the Council wrote in its testimony. "The Providers’ Council agrees with the rationale codified in federal and state law that the value these charitable organizations provide to communities and their residents is far greater and more impactful than any potential tax payments."

The Council's full testimony is available for download. In the testimony, the Council opposed four bills:

  • House 1565, An Act relative to payments in lieu of taxation by organizations exempt from the property tax
  • House 2594, An Act relative to tax exempt property
  • House 2596, An Act establishing a special commission on payment in lieu of taxes to municipalities in which group homes are located
  • House 3526, An Act relative to community tax relief

"As written," the Council added, "these bills threaten both our state's residents' choice to live in any community of their choosing as well as the nonprofit, community-based human services organizations that take care of the Commonwealth's most vulnerable residents."

For more information on this issue, please contact Bill Yelenak.