Blue, you must get dizzy coming up with such a collection of unrelated references. I do favor maxing out the legal application of water & sewer because it actually applies to a measurable service, is proportional to the amount of the service used, and has municipal law applied to it in terms of what can be charged to that service. For example, fire protection can't be funded out of Water & Sewer. The proposed tax on non-profits was none of these, and the City probably would have lost the lawsuit, resulting in additional legal fees and higher taxes.
I do favor maxing out the legal application of water & sewer because it actually applies to a measurable service, is proportional to the amount of service used.
The city charges a different rate for out of City customers. The city should set up a different fee schedule for those that are tax-exempt and charge a slightly higher amount for water and sewer that they use.
The thing is, BZ, when you're talking about private schools, they have been deemed tax exempt due to their benefit to the 'common good.' Fire departments are government services which are all tax exempt (for partly the same reason). Public schools, similarly, are also government services.
The US government has established that emergency services have the liability (financial or otherwise) to absorb such burdens due to (among other reasons) the obvious benefit of being tax exempt in the first place, even though this is not the primary function.
I'm not aware of any exception which would allow for a legal implementation of such fees, fines or offsets. Are you?
1) Do you have any proof that the Pulteney Street rebuild was different because of the Gearan Center, or is this just another unsubstantiated attempt at a "fact"?
2) Upgrades to Water & Sewer come out of that budget; debt incurred is serviced from that budget as well, so water & sewer users are paying the bill, which includes taxpayers as well as tax-exempt properties, see my response to an earlier post.
3) If usage of the Gearan Center increases net HWS water & sewer consumption, their bill goes up and they help pay for the upgrade, so I suggest you go to a concert there and use the bathroom.
HWS now has a president who's an economist. Maybe she's going to ask Council to look at the economic impact of the colleges and compare it to the PILOT offers every county is making to lure businesses to their locations? Look at all of the money we gave away to Cheribundi, only to have them leave.
Fribolin Donates Property to HWS February 10th, 2014 Local agricultural innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist Carl W. Fribolin has donated more than 35 acres of farmland on White Springs Lane in the Town of Geneva to Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are selling the Fribolin Farm at 56 White Springs Lane in the town of Geneva. The colleges acquired the farm in 2014.
The Colleges have moved to a remote instruction model starting March 23. Although we had hoped that we would be able to welcome students back to campus after Spring Break, based on the spread of the virus and on the advice and counsel of local authorities and public health officials, we will not return to an in-person model of teaching this semester.
We have made the difficult decision to restrict on-campus housing to only those students with special circumstances
The HWS buildings are mostly empty
Let FLHealth use the empty space to quarantine those with the co-vid 19