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Ohio court: Charter school properties are taxable

By John Published: October 13, 2010

Associated Press

COLUMBUS: Ohio's Supreme Court has ruled that charter school landlords don't get any property tax exemption for commercial buildings rented to the schools.

The head of the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools tells The Columbus Dispatch Tuesday's 7-0 decision could push charters to the brink. Bill Sims says it's not just another hit for the schools but is ''a bomb'' that will leave many with years of back taxes they can't pay.

Ohio law bars the schools from using any of their state funding to pay taxes.

The court said there can be no tax exemption if the use of the property results in any profit, even for the landlord.

Deputy state tax commissioner Carol Mahaffey says it's ultimately the property owner's responsibility to pay the taxes.


Information from the Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com.

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