New Report on Non-Profit Payments

New Report on Non-Profit Payments

Back in May of this year we wrote a blog entry on a report by the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy about the characteristics of PILOT agreements between tax exempt non-profit organizations and local governments across the country. The blog noted the value of the report but pointed out that a lot of the data was incomplete owing to the fact that many localities that may have PILOT programs may not identify them as such. Note that locally the agreements between Pittsburgh and its non-profits have just been ruled public record after a request to the state.

Lincoln has followed up with a newer, more comprehensive working paper on the topic. The data is still lacking in spots: Pennsylvania shows 24 municipalities, two counties, and three school districts having PILOT agreements. Some have a specific number of non-profits making payments, others do not. Some have a dollar amount of contributions, others do not. For 2011 the report shows Pittsburgh receiving $2.6 million from 46 non-profits, which is the consortium of non-profits under the Pittsburgh Public Service Fund. The Institute classifies the payments as either "long-term contracts", "routine annual", "voluntary property tax payments", "irregular one-time", or "unknown". The last category is which Pittsburgh’s arrangement falls into under the report’s typology.