Boston City Council is holding an extremely important hearing on the PILOT program, and the importance of increasing enforcement, accountability, and transparency. Come make your voice heard! #ExpandThePie #BosPoli
The PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) Program asks 49 large tax exempt non-profits in the City of Boston to voluntarily pay 25% of their potential property taxes. This money is meant to cover city services they inevitably use, like road maintenance, water distribution, and emergency services.
However, in five years $60.8 MILLION of the requested PILOT contributions have been left unpaid, primarily by four universities: Northeastern, Boston College, Harvard, and Boston University. That's money could go to fund education, housing, job creation, and so many other programs that would help Boston residents improve their quality of life. And that money is not too much to ask from our wealthy neighbors.
Can't come until after work? That's okay! City Council hearings tend to last for a few hours, so join when you can. There will be the opportunity for folks to make a public statement.