Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Revisit - The PILOTs are Coming!

This article in MassNonprofit discusses the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) fees being paid by nonprofits in Boston, MA. 

Scroll down to the end of the article and the note about the Museum of Science and New England Aquarium declining to pay the voluntary fee based on their provision of services to the City.

Darned right they provide services!  And I bet they can quantify the green steps they've taken as part of those services.  Think of the value of managing stormwater runoff on behalf of Boston's Harbor, reducing water consumption on behalf of Boston's municipal water system, and reducing electricity consumption in support of the grid shared with the City.

I worried about these troubles for museums in my May 10, 2010 blog post on PILOTS. 

So, to reiterate - what avoided costs and important benefits do your green practices offer your community?  Can you quantify them, value them monitarily and avoid the PILOT fees coming your way? 

Are you ready?

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