The Chronicle of Higher Education
October 28th, 2014
Most colleges in Boston have not paid the city the amount of money it has requested for municipal services, The Boston Globe reports.
As part of a three-year-old program, nonprofit organizations with
property valued at more than $15-million are asked to pay the city twice
a year for services like police protection and snow removal.
A Globe review found that most colleges don’t make the
voluntary payments. For example, Northeastern University, which was
asked to pay the city $2.5-million for the most recent fiscal year, paid
“They were all in the room, and they all agreed to this,” said
Stephen J. Murphy, a member of the City Council. But the president of
the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in
Massachusetts, Richard Doherty, said that the voluntary payments would
force many of Boston’s colleges to resort to budget cuts, and that the
colleges already benefited the city in other ways.