Carle benefits local economy
Urbana does not carry more burden from charity care
In exchange for its overall property tax exemption valued at $5 million, Carle provided $32.4 million in direct charity care calculated at cost, of which $4.4 million went directly to residents of Urbana.
The direct benefit to the residents of Urbana is more than the local property tax exemptions are worth, so the argument that Urbana is paying for the exemptions while Carle serves a larger geographic region does not hold up.
The fact that Carle extends its charity care program to all patients from the region reflects the very reason that society supports the trade-offs inherent to entities with non-profit status. There is not a hospital in the state that serves only those residents of the community in which the hospital is located.
Not only is Carle the region's leading healthcare system providing unmatched levels of charity care and community benefit, but one of the area's most important economic engines with its main campus and one of its largest clinics located in Urbana:
Considering the levels of charity care and community benefit, the economic impact of jobs and local spending, and the effect of thousands of people visiting our community each year for health care services, the total benefit to the community far outweighs the property tax exemptions.
Carle has been more than willing to settle the ongoing property tax litigation, as it did with Urbana School District and Urbana Park District. If a settlement could be reached under similar terms, the City of Urbana would see no effect to their tax revenues due to Carle for up to six years.