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File #: 210034    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 1/28/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 1/28/2021
Title: Authorizing the Committee on Children and Youth to conduct hearings examining the relationship between the property tax exemption for wealthy nonprofits on the School District's budget and the resulting environmental hazards in School District facilities on the health and safety of Philadelphia's most vulnerable children.
Sponsors: Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Thomas
Attachments: 1. Signature21003400
Title
Authorizing the Committee on Children and Youth to conduct hearings examining the relationship between the property tax exemption for wealthy nonprofits on the School District's budget and the resulting environmental hazards in School District facilities on the health and safety of Philadelphia's most vulnerable children.

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WHEREAS, The School District estimates that its facilities require approximately $5 billion in capital repairs to ensure a safe and healthy environment for students, including $125 million to remediate lead and asbestos; and

WHEREAS, In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the School District is projecting a nearly $900 million budget shortfall by the end of fiscal year 2026; and

WHEREAS, Property taxes represent the largest local contribution to the School District's budget, and Philadelphia has an extraordinary amount of tax-exempt land; and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia's wealthiest nonprofits are currently afforded tax-exempt status resulting in exemptions from the payment of hundreds of millions of dollars that would otherwise be due to the School District, thereby placing additional burdens on Philadelphia's remaining taxpayers; and

WHEREAS, These wealthy nonprofits rely on Philadelphia's public services, infrastructure, and cultural environment to thrive; and

WHEREAS, Many Philadelphians, including those directly impacted by toxic school facilities and those with ties to wealthy nonprofits, have called for these institutions to contribute 40% of foregone property taxes annually to the School District as Payments In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOTs); and

WHEREAS, Philadelphia needs more permanent sources of revenue in order to address the many environmental hazards within School District facilities which threaten the health and safety of Philadelphia's most vulnerable children; and

WHEREAS, Approximately 80% of School District buildings were built prior to 1978 and are likely to contain environmental hazards such as asbestos insulation and...

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