Maine Governor Wants Localities to Tax Colleges

January 13, 2015

Maine Governor Paul LePage, a Republican, is proposing that local governments be allowed to tax colleges and other nonprofit organizations, The Bangor Daily News reported. LePage has proposed the elimination of a state revenue-sharing system that benefits local governments. As part of that budget plan, he would like local governments to be able to impose half the normal property tax rate on nonprofit organizations with property worth more than $500,000 -- a threshold that would include many private colleges and universities. College leaders are speaking out against the measure, saying that it is inappropriate to tax them, and that such a tax would limit their ability to serve Maine students and other students.

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