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Elmhurst City Council votes to abate taxes that would have been paid by Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare

ELMHURST — The Elmhurst City Council voted Monday night to abate the 2012 property taxes that would have been paid by Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare.

Last month, the state declared the majority of Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare's new facility tax-exempt due to the charity care it provides.

The city council's unanimous vote Monday removes the approximate $692,505 in property taxes the hospital would have paid from the city and library property tax levy. If the money was not abated, the $692,505 would have been paid by the other property owners in the city, raising their bills.

Most hospitals in Illinois are tax exempt, though in recent years the state began revoking that status from facilities that it didn't believe provided enough charity care.

EMH had been waiting for the state's ruling since the new hospital opened in 2011.

The state has not yet ruled on the hospital's tax exempt status for 2011, or for 2010 and 2009, when another parcel of EMH's property had not been given tax-exempt status.

If the state retroactively rules for those years, the city will have to refund the hospital those years' taxes. City staff said that money will likely come from reserves.

Staff did not have exact dollar figures for those years' taxes paid by the hospital.

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