Will the city soon reap millions in voluntary payments from nonprofits?
Currently, many nonprofits are exempt from paying property taxes. But they used to chip in anyway. In 1995, the city took in more than $9 million annually from voluntary "payments in lieu of taxes," or PILOTs. But then a 1997 state law made it more difficult for the city to negotiate PILOTs, and in 2011, the city received only $383,700 from the agreements.
A state Supreme Court ruling just came down that changes all that, though, and legal experts say that PILOTs are going to make a comeback. In today's podcast, WHYY producer Elisabeth Perez-Luna and I discuss the major change.