In March 2013, the Illinois Department of Revenue and the Champaign County Board of Review issued property tax exemptions to Carle for the year 2012 according to the new non-profit hospital property tax exemption law.
In October 2013, a Champaign County circuit judge ruled that this law applies to Carle's pending exemption claims for 2004-2011. On May 27, 2014, the judge granted Carle's motion for summary judgment on this ruling – a step toward preserving Carle's longstanding tax exemptions.
While this ruling would allow the property taxes paid in protest to be returned to Carle, we are working with taxing bodies because we believe in this community and understand that resources are needed.
In 2013, we reached a settlement with the Urbana School and Park Districts that allows the taxing bodies to retain a portion of the taxes paid under protest for tax years 2004-2011.
Urbana School District share - $10,893,000
Amount to be returned to Carle - $5,737,500
Amount retained by School District - $5,155,500
Urbana Park District share - $1,946,000
Amount to be returned to Carle - $1,012,500
Amount retained by Park District - $933,500
Residents could avoid property tax increases due to Carle if the City of Urbana would agree to a similar settlement. Carle has offered a settlement to the city that would eliminate their $329,837 shortfall as a result of Carle receiving additional exemptions on a handful of properties in Urbana. If the mayor agrees to the settlement, residents in Urbana could be protected from property tax increases due to Carle's tax-exempt status for more than six years and let the city address it ongoing structural deficits caused by other spending and revenue challenges.
It is in the taxpayers' best interest for the City government to consider a settlement to add millions to its coffers, especially when the law clearly says the city isn't entitled to that money currently in escrow. Read the questions Urbana officials should answer »