Northeastern agrees to partial payment to city
Boston Globe - 03/02/2015
Northeastern University recently retroactively paid the city of Boston $886,000 to help cover the costs of municipal services after the school faced criticism for failing to give anything this past fiscal year. But the college fell well short of paying the full amount the city requested, saying giving more would be unfair.
The university said it made its payment late because school officials had first wanted to talk to Boston’s new mayor about the matter.
Under a program that began in 2011, the city asks nonprofits with more than $15 million worth of tax-exempt property to write checks twice a year to help offset the cost of police and fire protection, snow removal, and other services. The voluntary payments are known as payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT).