25 years ago — 1993

The Republican Herald - - COMMENTARY -

COAL­DALE — Min­ers Memo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter of­fi­cials are will­ing to dis­cuss a set­tle­ment of the hos­pi­tal’s tax- ex­empt sta­tus in lieu of pay­ing real- es­tate taxes, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer said Tues­day. “We’ve reached out to the county,” Ger­ald D. Neal said dur­ing a news me­dia lun­cheon at the hos­pi­tal. “The county would be very will­ing to work with us, and I know Coal­dale Bor­ough would work with us. our prob­lem is the Pan­ther Val­ley school board.” The board and its for­mer busi­ness man­ager ques­tioned the hos­pi­tal’s tax­ex­empt sta­tus last year and sought a con­tri­bu­tion in lieu of taxes. When no agree­ment was reached, the dis­trict turned to Schuylkill County of­fi­cials, who re­voked the tax ex­emp­tions of Min­ers and three other hos­pi­tals af­ter study­ing the sta­tus. With­out the ex­emp­tion, Min­ers is li­able for $ 287,489 in real- es­tate taxes to the county, the school dis­trict and the bor­ough.

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