The Illinois Department of Revenue says it’s prepared to move swiftly on decisions about which not-for-profit hospitals deserve tax breaks.
Download the Excel spreadsheet of the Department of Revenue’s list of hospitals awaiting property tax rulings here.
The state had held off making any decisions since fall while it, hospitals and consumer health advocates negotiated: how much charity do not for profit hospitals have to provide in order to get out of paying property taxes.
But they failed to reach an agreement by Governor Pat Quinn’s March First deadline.
So the department is going to resume issuing rulings.
Revenue spokeswoman Sue Hofer says a backlog of up to 18 cases has built up in the interim. She says that will decrease, as decisions are made by the end of this month.
“We look forward to doing our job and making decisions, so that both the entities that we’re determining about,” she said. “And the local governments will have closure on how much money they can expect to gain in taxes, or how much money they may have to pay in taxes.”
Hofer says the constitution and court precedence establish what hospitals have to do to qualify.
But the state hospital association’s Danny Chun says the standards aren’t clear … even though big money’s at stake.
“In some cases it could be millions of dollars a year, it just depends on the property that’s being looked at,” Chun said.
He says money spent paying a local tax bill is money that’s not going to health care.