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February 11, 2015

Maine Summer Camps Sound Alarm on Plan to Tax Nonprofits

Leaders of Maine summer camps say Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to allow cities and towns to tax large nonprofits—a measure aimed primarily at hospitals and universities—will force dozens of seasonal facilities for kids to pare down programs or fold up their tents, the Sun Journal of Lewiston, Me., writes. The governor's two-year budget plan would cut state money for cities and towns but let them levy taxes on nonprofits with property holdings worth more than $500,000.

About half of the state's approximately 200 summer camps are run by charities, and many occupy waterfront properties that were donated or bought years ago and have steadily risen in value. Ron Hall, executive director of the umbrella group Maine Summer Camps, said many facilities cannot afford tax bills and would have to reduce services such as scholarships for low-income campers or shut down altogether.