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Letter: Nonprofits shouldn't pay so well

Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 10:05 p.m. CST

To the Editor:

I think that you really missed the point with your article regarding the tax exempt status of KishHealth System.

Due to our broken tax laws, many corporations are now able to avoid paying their fair share of taxes while using our courts, our roads, our educational system, police and fire services, and the rest of the commons.

When these corporations avoid paying taxes, who do you think gets to pick up the rest of the tax bill? In DeKalb County, two-thirds of our property tax comes from residential housing.  

It seems that everybody has a loophole to avoid paying taxes these days. This is not just confined to major corporations such as GE, Citigroup, Exxon, and many others. We have non-profits and not-for-profits that have joined this group of tax dodgers.

Did you know that the NFL is a non-profit? This is the result of their political connections in Washington. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was paid $40 million last year.

That brings me to the point of your article regarding KishHealth System.  

I wish that you would have researched the compensation for Kish President and CEO Kevin Poorten, hospitals President Brad Copple, and the vice presidents at KishHealth. I believe that if an organization is truly a charity, they shouldn't be paying their executives princely salaries.  

Poorten is paid much more than President Barack Obama. If these corporations can or choose to pay high compensation, I believe that they should also pay their real estate taxes.  

In closing, I wish that you would publish the salaries of the executives of KishHealth for the public to see.

Stephen Reid


DeKalb County Board, District 5

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