Maine’s Gov. LePage Accused of Using False Data in Effort to Tax Land Trusts

Maine’s Gov. LePage Accused of Using False Data in Effort to Tax Land Trusts

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Some of the land trusts in question pay a reduced tax already because they are part of the state’s Tree Growth or Open Space programs and must remain as working forests. Other trusts offer payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOTs, to help offset some of the expenses incurred by the host municipality. (It should be noted here that the National Council of Nonprofits is adamantly opposed to any nonprofit organization being required or encouraged to pay PILOTs. They consider it simply another way to divert funding from the mission work of the nonprofit and into government coffers.)

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