Boston Colleges Don't Make Payments City Seeks

July 22, 2015

Many nonprofit hospitals comply with the city of Boston's request for twice-yearly payments from nonprofit organizations with more than $15 million in tax-exempt property in the city. But an analysis by The Boston Globe finds that many private colleges don't come close to the totals the city requests to cover their share of costs, such as snow removal and police and fire department protection. Of the 19 colleges that the city asked for funds, 13 gave less than requested in 2015. A Globe analysis of the eight colleges with the highest-value tax-exempt holdings in the city gave these figures for the share of the funds that the city asks that they actually gave:

  • Northeastern University and Emmanuel College: 13 percent
  • Emerson College: 19 percent
  • Boston College: 23 percent
  • Harvard University: 44 percent
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology: 50 percent
  • Suffolk University: 50 percent
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