2007-2008

In Commentary, President Berkey Says PILOT 'Threatens Rich Menu of Contributions from Colleges'

President Berkey

By Dennis Berkey

The following item appeared in the Sept. 14, 2007, edition of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, as an "As I See It" item on the op-ed page. Click the link below to read the full essay on the Telegram & Gazette website.

"In recent days members of the Worcester City Council have expressed increasing interest in imposing a payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, program on the area’s nonprofit institutions, specifically on our colleges and universities. Such a program could have a chilling effect on these institutions whose missions benefit the public good, many of whom have been part of the fabric of this great city for more than a century. As president of one of these institutions, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, I offer several observations specific to WPI that I hope will help illuminate the larger issues."

Read the complete essay.

September 17, 2007

 
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