CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - State and local governments across the Commonwealth are cuttingwherever they can to balance the budget, but what about finding newsources of income?
22News uncovers who doesn't pay property taxes and whether ornot they should.
Homeowners and most businesses are burdened by their propertytax bills, but it turns out some of the largest landowners don'tpay equally. Several institutions are exempt.
Amherst College does not pay property taxes on any of the landused for educational purposes. Amherst College does pay propertytaxes for The Lord Jeffery Inn and the golf course, which ends ofbeing about $40,000 a year.
Amherst College has made a $250,000 dollar cash contribution tothe town over the last two years.
However, Hampshire College doesn't write a check for real estatetaxes.
Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette says he has asked certaininstitutions to contribute through a system called "pilot"-pay inlieu of taxes.
Chicopee Mayor Bissonnette also said, "With Baystate MedicalCenter, with Holyoke Health Center, and for the first time ever,with Westover Air Reserve Base we will begin collecting payment inlieu of taxes.
Mayor Bissonnette plans on asking Elms College to help thetaxpayers off-set the cost of providing services like police andfire.
Mayor Bissonnette said,"I think there's almost no excuse for anyentity not to contribute to the common good."
Springfield’s Treasurer, Ehsanul Bhuiya, told 22News nocolleges are hit with a real estate bill.
Bhuiya said Baystate Medical pays a discounted tax of$525,312.50 annually.
The Basketball Hall of Fame is tax exempt, but the other outletsin that building, like Pazzo, are not tax exempt.
Local governments have long allowed colleges and hospitals tohave tax exempt property because of the services they provide andthe positive impact they have on the community.