I have a conflicted mind when thinking about the following Philadelphia Article that discusses the plan in Philadelphia to raise more revenue by taxing nonprofit properties that are not being used solely for nonprofit purposes. The concept is not unreasonable from a variety of perspectives.
But my question: how could this many nonprofit board members have let such a law pass? Why wasn't every board member, even half of these members, out there tagging their council member and making it clear that this wasn't a good idea? I don't understand. Where were these board members?
Now here's the other side. The article doesn't delve into the fairness or unfairness of the law itself but delves into the challenges the now awake representatives of nonprofits are having in locating the documents that demonstrate they are nonprofits. REALLY? They can't find their tax exempt papers? What's wrong with this picture? On some level I want to scream and say: hey, if you don't know where your fundamental identifying papers are, maybe you shouldn't have exemption! Too harsh?