LILO H. STAINTON | APRIL 24, 2017
Dozens of municipalities have challenged hospitals and their current tax-exempt status
Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen)
A leading Senate Democrat is crafting a plan to revise a century-old law that permits the vast majority of New Jersey hospitals to avoid paying property taxes, a situation that has already prompted dozens of lawsuits in municipalities seeking to change this status quo.
Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo, (D-Bergen), said he is working on a bill that would require hospitals to pay regular fees, based on the number of beds or a similar mechanism, to their host communities to help fund local roads, first responders, and other costs now covered largely by municipal property taxes.