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North Jersey towns reassess tax-exempt status for hospitals after key ruling


NOVEMBER 23, 2015, 9:53 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2015, 6:42 AM

Around North Jersey, more than $700 million worth of property goes untaxed because it is owned by non-profit hospitals. That includes hospital campuses on nearly 90 acres in Ridgewood, Hackensack, Teaneck, Englewood, Paterson and Wayne. And it also includes hospital-related properties, such as portions of medical office buildings in Wayne and Paramus, parking garages in Hackensack and an assortment of lots in Paterson.

That property, and the potential revenue it could produce if it were assessed property taxes, is getting a close look by leaders of the state and local governments after a precedent-setting Tax Court decision and recent settlement in a case between Morristown and the non-profit Morristown Medical Center.

Judge Vito Bianco ruled that non-profit hospitals in the early 21st century are essentially legal fictions, with little in the way they operate to distinguish them from for-profit hospitals — and almost nothing in common with their beginnings as “charitable alms houses.”

7 thoughts on “North Jersey towns reassess tax-exempt status for hospitals after key ruling

  1. Yep, let’s send that tax bill to Valley and insist on payment by January 1.

  2. Only silence from our Council…. not a peep from any of them. The fix is in ! If Schedler and Habernickel and the Parking Garage are the only things they care about then we have five deadbeats, time to clean house

  3. Albert’s the only one on the Council who probably even understands what the Morristown precedent means for Ridgewood if they were to challenge Valley’s “not-for-profit” status, but he’s conflicted. Matt Rogers and Roberta either just don’t care to explain to the others, or they aren’t doing their job.

  4. What about churches?

  5. I am outraged

  6. has Valley’s purchase of other properties in Ridgewood taken them off the tax roll?

    How much tax money have we lost?

  7. If you can pay the ceo 3mil you can afford property taxes.

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