Northampton PILOT Program

Northampton PILOT Program Overview:

  • Large tax-exempt property owners are asked to make voluntary payment equal to 25% of what their property tax bill would be in recognition of core municipal services.
  • First $1 million dollars of property value is exempt. 
  • Exempts property owned by governmental, religious and cemetery, land cemetery, and social service institutions.
  • Up to 50% credit for direct community services may be applied against annual payments. 
  • Northampton PILOT Program will be phased in over 5 years to mitigate potential impacts on tax-exempt property owners. 
  • First year (FY2016) of voluntary payment requests are equivalent to 5% of total property tax bill.

As detailed in the Mayor's FY2016 Budget Message, Mayor Narkewicz presented his PILOT Program to the City Council on October 1, 2015. A copy of the proposed PILOT Program is available by clicking the image to the right.

Mayor Narkewicz held a series of three town hall meetings around the city in October to present the Northampton PILOT Program and take questions and feedback from residents. The Mayor also had meetings with the leadership of most of the tax-exempt institutions identified for participation in the program. After listening to feedback from residents and tax-exempt institutions the Mayor made three modifications to the program which he outlined to the City Council in a November 17, 2015 memo. On December 3, 2015, the City Council endorsed the Northampton PILOT Program by adopting a resolution submitted by Mayor Narkewicz. See the resolution here
Gazette letters to the Editor and Guest Columns on Northampton PILOT Program

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PILOT Town Hall Meetings were held on October 14, 2015, October 20, 2015 and October 28, 2015

To view the PowerPoint presentation given at the Town Hall Meetings click the image below.Pages from POWER POINT FOR PILOT - FINAL(Revised) (1)

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MMA Beacon Boston PILOT article Oct 2015