SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The century old non-profit has already paid more than $70,000 of their tax bill, but they still have to come up with more than $100,000.
The Springfield Rescue Mission’s new Mill Street location not only came with more operating space, it came with a hefty tax bill too. The Mission was on Bliss Street since 1962, but they had to relocate to make room for the MGM Springfield casino.
While they’re considered tax exempt, under the law, any time a commercial space is transferred to a non-profit in the middle of a fiscal year, the non-profit is responsible for a onetime tax payment. The new location was a former car dealership, and now the Mission’s on the hook for more than $200,000 in property taxes.
Community Development Director Joe Manna told 22News, “We went to our donors to ask if they could help us with some extra donations, now, so they can enable us to do that, to keep our services going.”
MGM kicked in $62,000 in February, and the Rescue Mission paid $44,000 from its operating funds. They have until May 2nd to come up with the remaining $106,000.
The goal for the Springfield Rescue Mission in 2016 is to provide 110,000 meals. They hope this tax bill won’t compromise that number. They plan to ask the City for a payment plan, and they’re also looking into possibly taking out a loan.
The Springfield Rescue Mission provides food, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and operate solely on donations.