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File #: 30903    Version: 1 Name: Report of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Task Force
Type: Report Status: Accepted
File created: 7/10/2013 In control: BOARD OF ESTIMATES (ended 4/2017)
On agenda: 8/6/2013 Final action: 8/6/2013
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Report of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Task Force
Sponsors: Paul R. Soglin
Attachments: 1. PILOT Task Force Report -- July 2013.pdf, 2. Summary of PILOT Task Force Report for BOE -- 7-29-13.pdf, 3. 5-22-2013 PILOT Meeting Minutes.pdf, 4. 4-26-2013 PILOT Meeting Minutes.pdf, 5. 2-27-2013 PILOT Meeting Minutes.pdf, 6. 1-15-2013 PILOT Meeting Minutes.pdf, 7. 12-4-2012 PILOT Meeting Minutes.pdf, 8. 10-24-2012 PILOT Meeting Minutes.pdf, 9. 10-3-2012 PILOT Meeting Minutes.pdf, 10. 8-29-2012 PILOT Meeting Minutes.pdf
Fiscal Note
The resolution transmits the final report of the PILOT Task Force. There is no fiscal effect.
Report of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Task Force

WHEREAS, the Common Council enacted a resolution (RES-12-0287, File #25736) on May 1, 2012, directing the Mayor to appoint 15 members of the community to a PILOT Task Force, charged with reviewing the different aspects of basic services to tax-exempt property owners and making a report within twelve months of its first meeting; and

WHEREAS, the PILOT Task Force was chaired by Roger Goodwin, a former city department manager, and met eight times between August 2012 and May 2013; and,

WHEREAS, the task force received presentations on the city budget; various state aid programs; the historical perspective of state and local finance in Wisconsin and the limited local revenue options other than the property tax; the state laws and constitutional requirements related to exemptions from property taxes, implementation of PILOT programs, and framework for PILOT payments; the mission, staffing, and cost of key city agencies and services; and PILOT programs in communities around the country; and,

WHEREAS, the task force engaged in a video teleconference discussion with the manager of the City of Boston, Massachusetts, PILOT program and reviewed reports and studies on the issue of tax-exempt property and its impact on the tax bases of local governments; and,

WHEREAS, the task force discussed issues of tax equity and fairness regarding the financing of the cost of key city government services, such as police and fire protection, that are provided to owners of both taxable and tax-exempt properties;

WHEREAS, the task force discussed the importance of non-profit, tax-exempt entities in providing critical services to city residents and the multiple funding pressures faced by those organizations; and,

WHEREAS, the task force reviewed options and key considerations related to establishing a PILOT progra...

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