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QUESTION: Are Non-profits and 501 C3 Economic Development Companies having a negative impact on the economic life in the area?
According taxemptworld .com, there are 467 tax exempt organizations in Itasca County. Their reported total annual income is over $227 million. (see link: http://www.taxexemptworld.com/organizations/itasca-county-mn-minnesota.asp).
Although many of these organizations are small and deserve to be tax exempt, some of these organizations are rather large. Maybe some of these larger groups should have their non-profit tax exempt status re-examined. They pay little or no taxes. The fact that they do not pay taxes means that the citizens and businesses are picking up more of the local tax bill.