May 2, 2010

WGBH intends on resuming voluntary tax payments, paper reports

The Boston Herald is reporting that WGBH is one of several nonprofits that have fallen behind in its voluntary payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTs) to help pay for city services. A Boston official told the paper that WGBH’s contributions were “minimal, and their agreement lapsed when they moved into their new building” in 2007. WGBH spokesperson Jeanne Hopkins said, "We have provided PILOTs in the past, and we absolutely intend to do so again. We certainly understand the pressure the city is under and we want to do our part. ... We will work with the city to determine an appropriate payment for WGBH." The station's voluntary contribution toward city services could be about $245,000 a year, based on its $33.3 million real estate assessment.