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TACOMA: Hospitals should pay and tax

Letter by Brett Williams, Tacoma on Feb. 10, 2012 at 11:12 am with 9 Comments »
February 10, 2012 12:58 pm

The decision before the Tacoma City Council is how to balance the budget without making cuts that will injure its taxpayers.

An obvious place to look for extra money is the nonprofit hospitals that are not required to pay business and operating taxes as all other businesses in the city pay. If the City Council voted to repeal this special tax break, it would add $1.8 million to the city’s coffers.

It is immoral to pay hospital CEOs six-figure salaries while the rest of the city is bleeding. Nowadays, hospitals are run like businesses. They recruit, compete and advertise. Their budgets compare to big corporations. It’s time they pay their fair share to the city and not use Tacoma’s taxpayers as a crutch.

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  1. alindasue says:

    Whether we pay for it as B&O tax exemptions or we pay for as higher medical costs charged to cover the cost of B&O taxes, we still end up paying for it.

  2. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Great idea, make Tacoma more unfriendly to organizations that pay decent wages and provide a community service.

    Managing a large organization commands a decent salary. Your ‘fair share’ adds to the partisan and immature nature of the LTE.

  3. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    How about UNIONS paying tax. Why do they get a free ride. Would it be that they fund the democrats???

  4. stumpy567 says:

    Hospitals nonprofit???????????
    Good idea and while you’re at it tax the tribal casino profits.
    Access added tax based on children in household attending public schools.
    Charge a small fee for use of parks and recreation facilities.
    Make the tax share fair for everyone. Based on actual services provided.

  5. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Tax OWS for using public land. Since hotels in the area are over $100/night, figure that per person per day.

    Stump- I agree with the idea of a sliding scale for education taxes. You have 6 kids, pay more.

  6. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Deep thoughts from a typical occupier.

  7. hansgruber says:

    Bret, the CEO of Multicare is paid a SEVEN figure salary. Not all Hospital CEO are paid that much.

  8. Until I see St. Joe run by a priest or nun taking a vow of poverty, I’ll consider it providing medical care as a business.

  9. fanciladi says:

    From a medical billers point of view…you have no idea how much hospitals have to write off from their charges…either because someone just can’t pay, the contract they have with Medicade, the contract they have with other Medical Insurance Companies and/or etc.

    Unless and/or until we know the whole story of the hospitals financial situations…we shouldn’t make any judgments!

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