PILOT

Selectmen not appointing PILOT Committee; Chair and Vice Chair to negotiate with private schools

June 11, 2019 01:39:32 PM

The Board of Selectmen reversed course on their plan for how to follow up on Town Meeting’s vote to pursue PILOT commitments with non-profits in town.

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Seeking volunteers for PILOT Committee

April 3, 2019 06:10:03 PM
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Last night, the Board of Selectmen discussed how to follow up on a non-binding Article that passed at Town Meeting.

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Town Meeting: Voter compromises

March 26, 2019 01:45:13 PM
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Here’s my recap of debates over the Citizen Petition Articles at this year’s Town Meeting.

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PILOT payments: Town Meeting Article and Officials discuss strategies (Updated)

February 20, 2019 07:20:47 AM

Earlier today, I shared news about a potential project to bring a soccer stadium to Town. It dovetails with another story I was working on for this week.

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BOS meeting recap: 9-11 Field roadblocks, public records policy, taxes and more (Updated)

November 4, 2014 01:42:08 PM

There were no major controversies at Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting. But there were a lot of interesting tidbits including roadblocks to re-turfing a town field and discussion of a public records request policy.

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Analysis of PILOT contributions in Southborough

August 4, 2014 11:30:00 AM
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Last week, chatter in blog comments referred to what some see as insufficient PILOT contributions by the private schools in town.

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Selectman Rooney speaks out on PILOT contributions

May 23, 2011 09:45:17 AM
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If you watched Channel 5 news, last Friday you might have seen a familiar face. Southborough Selectman John Rooney was interviewed for a story on tax exempt organizations and efforts by some towns — Southborough included — to collect what they say the tax exempts owe.

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Selectmen talk PILOT donations with state rep

February 9, 2011 12:02:21 PM
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Payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) contributions – voluntary donations made to the town by tax-exempt nonprofit institutions – has been a hot topic on the blog this past week. Last night John Rooney and his fellow selectmen reiterated their stance on PILOT contributions: It’s all about fairness.

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Rooney asks St. Mark’s and Fay to contribute more

February 3, 2011 11:47:05 AM
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Selectman John Rooney thinks it’s time for the non-profits in town to step up. With the backing of the Board of Selectmen, Rooney recently asked both St. Mark’s and Fay School to increase their payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) donations to help cover the cost of town services they use, and to compensate for the loss of property tax revenue on residential property owned by the schools.

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PILOT contributions in Southborough fall short of other towns

September 8, 2010 12:14:59 PM

The fact that St. Mark’s School doesn’t pay property taxes to the town has been a topic of conversation lately here on the blog. It’s anything but a new subject. We’ve talked about it before, and a year ago the town put together a committee to look at the voluntary contributions St. Mark’s and the other big non-profits in town — Fay School, The New England School for Children, and Harvard University — make to the town.

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Harvard donates $50K toward new ladder truck

January 12, 2010 11:46:05 AM

Harvard University has pledged $50K over three years toward the purchase of a new aerial ladder truck – a purchase that was approved at special town meeting this past September.

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Fay donates $100K toward new public safety building

September 9, 2009 01:56:38 PM

Earlier this summer Fay School committed $100K over 10 years toward the purchase of a new ladder truck for the town. In a letter to the Municipal Facilities Committee last week, Fay pledged another $100K over 10 years toward a new public safety facility. “Fay School values the safety of all members of the Southborough […]

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Report: Ten percent of Southborough property is tax-exempt

August 24, 2009 03:19:19 PM

The Metrowest Daily News did an article on PILOT contributions in Metrowest towns, Southborough included. The article presents some interesting figures I haven’t seen elsewhere: Southborough has $2.2 billion worth of taxed properties and $243 million worth of tax-exempt properties. If I did my math right — all those zeros make me dizzy — that means […]

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Advisory Committee proposes linking PILOT agreements to new construction

August 18, 2009 10:17:16 AM

Over the past several months, selectmen have met with nonprofits in an attempt to boost their contributions to the town. While some of the discussions have borne fruit — mostly in donations to the ladder truck fund — selectmen still consider the relationship between the town and its nonprofits inequitable. Last week selectmen formed a committee […]

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