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December 19, 2013

Our view: Think twice before targeting nonprofits

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The town does have PILOT agreements with Partners Healthcare, which owns Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care on Endicott Street, and Northeast Hospital Corp., which runs the Lahey Outpatient Center. Together, the payments bring a little more than $130,000 to Danvers.

But let’s remember, the majority of nonprofits in Danvers and across the North Shore are not awash in cash.

As Danvers Town Manager Wayne Marquis noted in a story by reporter Ethan Forman earlier this week, communities like Boston, Cambridge and Brookline use formulas to figure out what a nonprofit could contribute based on the services it uses.

In most cases, Marquis said, the contribution amounts to “25 cents on the dollar.” Is this what Danvers wants to be chasing down?

Clark does have a good point when he suggests the Prep, which will be adding a middle school, should help pay for a traffic light at the intersection of Summer and Maple streets, should it become necessary. It would be an improvement that directly affects the school.

As for a wider campaign to target nonprofits, pulling money out of their wallets is not the best way to prop up the town budget.

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