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PeaceHealth could lose city tax exemption

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PeaceHealth could lose city tax exemption

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – PeaceHealth Saint Joseph Medical Center wants the Bellingham City Council to maintain the city’s tax exemption for non-profit hospitals.

The city has granted this tax exemption since 1955.

This week council members voted 5 to 0 to have staff prepare an ordinance that would lift the exemption.

Community Director Chris Phillips says if the hospital is forced to pay the Business and Occupation Tax, it will cost them another $1.2 million a year.

Play Chris Phillips on tax impacts

He says cuts without impacting services and jobs would be almost impossible.

PeaceHealth is currently the only health care provider in the city to receive this exemption.