PILOT

Update on PILOT payments & medical marijuana contingency fees (Updated)

June 23, 2020 04:18:50 PM

Last week, two items prompted questions for me about the status of non-tax revenues the Town is/isn’t receiving.

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Town Meeting Recap: Another PILOT debate and Articles postponed to next Town Meeting

June 16, 2020 05:17:42 PM
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If some voters had their way, one more Article would have been postponed – a $600,000 borrowing Article to fund a Fire Pumper truck.

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News updates: Deerfoot Road runoff, private school properties, and clarifying a remark about a potential school building closure

February 7, 2020 02:27:18 PM
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A few recent stories prompted responses with details worth sharing.

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St. Mark’s School purchased 2nd downtown home since Annual Town Meeting (Updated)

January 28, 2020 07:00:50 PM
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St. Mark’s School recently purchased 2 downtown Main Street properties. The purchases are interesting in light of a few recent Town government efforts related to downtown and/or the private schools.

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BOS on how to proceed with PILOT talks, SMEs, and Public Safety Building room naming

November 7, 2019 12:52:18 PM

On Tuesday night, the Board of Selectmen talked through their next steps for two issues: their effort to negotiate PILOT contributions from non-profits and handling Special Municipal Empoloyees. I’m rounding up the highlights.

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Town Counsel to BOS: Current PILOT negotiation strategy falls under OML; Request to rescind his “special” status

November 1, 2019 03:36:42 PM

Two items in the packet for discussion at this Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting caught my attention. Both relate to advice issued to the board from Town Counsel.

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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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