Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A "Fee"-ture Story

I wrote a few days ago that Allegheny County was having second thoughts about imposing a fee on tax-exempt organizations. The Allegheny County Council made it official today.
Nonprofits will not have to pay new fees after Allegheny County Council backed off its essential services fee proposal Tuesday.

Council voted unanimously not to override County Executive Dan Onorato's veto of the plan, despite the fact members had passed it without opposition Nov. 4. Citing anger over UPMC's decision to close its Braddock hospital, they had agreed to collect about $13 million annually from large nonprofit property owners for the public safety and works services they receive.

The bill is essentially a tax and therefore illegal by state law to levy on nonprofits, council solicitor Jack Cambest told council before its vote....
...[s]everal council members said they plan to keep searching, possibly with Pittsburgh officials, for a legal way to get money from the region's growing nonprofit community.

So it a good idea for the folks in here in Centre County to keep an eye things down there around the 'Burgh.

One particular thing that bears watching is a proposal by Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to tax college tuition, which appears to have support of the City Council.

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