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Monday, June 14, 2021

波士頓代市長宣佈成立新工作小組 現代化社區福利項目

                (Boston Orange編譯) 波士頓代市長Kim Janey614日宣佈今夏將成立一個新的工作小組,重新檢視並現代化市府現有的,市內現有慈善機構抵繳稅款 (Payment in Lieu of Taxes)”項目,重點放在社區福利部分。

                波士頓市是全美抵繳稅款的先行者,讓擁有房地產,具免稅資格的學術,醫療及文化機構,有機會自願的捐贈現金,以支持市府的各項基本及重要服務,包括教育,鏟雪,維修街道,消防,警察等。

               抵繳稅款(PILOT)”項目也包括潛在的社區福利額度,允許前述機構以展示,記錄其經由慈善使命支持了市府和居民的方式,來抵銷他們的一部分現金付款。

               Kim Janey表示,她推出2021”抵繳稅款工作小組是她實踐領導波士頓市平等恢復這承諾的一部分,要以新聲音、新框架來為創造新機會,以使波士頓市更強壯。

               2010年的抵繳稅款工作小組所定的框架下,社區福利必須符合的條件包括,波士頓市及居民直接受益,支持市府的會優先支持的項目,強調市府和機構能夠合作處理的共有目標,是可以量化的服務,市府的方法必須持續且透明,以俾機構得以因應計畫。這些社區福利的例子包括學業獎學金,就業培訓等。

               2020會計年度中,有37個機構交出抵繳稅款社區福利報告,總共達到15320萬元,收到的社區福利額度為5290萬元。這些機構和530個地方組織在全市推行這些項目。

              根據市府資料,華埠和城中區、皮革區共獲得102萬元社區福利,多徹斯特區獲得824萬元,芬衛-長木區(Fenway-Longwood)獲得752萬元,東波士頓獲得555萬元,洛士百利區獲得551萬元,南端區獲得329萬元,北端區獲得119873元。

MAYOR JANEY ANNOUNCES THE CREATION OF A NEW TASK FORCE, WITH THE INITIAL CHARGE OF MODERNIZING PILOT PROGRAM COMMUNITY BENEFITS

 

BOSTON - Monday, June 14, 2021 - Mayor Kim Janey today announced the City of Boston will be creating and launching a Task Force to revisit and modernize the current voluntary Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) payment program for Boston’s charitable institutions. Its initial charge will be to improve and strengthen the Community Benefits component of the PILOT program. 

The City of Boston has one of the nation’s leading PILOT programs, which seeks cash contributions from academic, medical and cultural institutions that own real estate otherwise exempt from property taxes. This program offers tax-exempt institutions an opportunity to voluntarily support basic City services and other important programs in acknowledgement of the unique relationship between the City and its major nonprofits. PILOT contributions go into the City’s general fund, the source for City expenditures, including education, snow removal, street repair, fire, and police. The PILOT program includes potential credits for Community Benefits, which allow institutions to offset a portion of their cash payment by demonstrating and documenting ways they support the City and its residents through their charitable missions. The City currently caps the Community Benefits credit to reflect the City’s operational needs for vital City services to all residents.

“I am launching the 2021 PILOT Task Force as part of my commitment to lead an equitable recovery in the City of Boston,” said Mayor Janey. “New voices and new frameworks create new opportunities to make our city stronger. Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic exemplifies the importance of City partnerships with community organizations and institutions to serve residents and ensure a recovery and renewal that includes all of our communities.”

The 2021 PILOT Task Force will include institutional partners, elected officials, community advocates, labor leaders, and residents. As a collective, the City of Boston and the Task Force will be charged with revisiting the existing program, and developing ideas to address the shared needs of Boston residents, incorporate community voices, strengthen partnerships between the City and its institutions, and examine the Community Benefits credit. The City of Boston will formally launch and convene the Task Force in the summer of 2021 with anticipated meetings through the fall and winter.

Under the framework established by the 2010 PILOT Task Force, Community Benefits must be within the following parameters to qualify:

·    Directly benefit City of Boston residents. 

·    Support the City’s mission and priorities with the idea in mind that the City would support such an initiative in its budget if the institution did not provide it. 

·    Emphasize ways in which the City and the institution can collaborate to address shared goals. 

·    Services should be quantifiable. 

·    The City must be consistent and transparent in its approach so that institutions can plan appropriately. 

Examples of PILOT Community Benefits programs specifically named by the 2010 PILOT Task Force include academic scholarships, job training initiatives, and programs that address health disparities, along with many others. 

In FY20, 37 institutions submitted PILOT Community Benefits reports totalling $153.2 million and received $52.9 million in Community Benefits credit. Institutions partnered with over 530 local organizations to implement these programs citywide. To learn more about the FY20 PILOT Community Benefits, a summary of the program can be found here

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