Taxes, Voluntary Payments & Fees

Brown is one of the largest taxpayers in the city. From July 2013-June 2014, the University has paid more than $7.9 million to the city in voluntary and property tax payments plus more than $2.3 million in water, sewer, and other fees.

Voluntary Payments and Taxes (FY 14)
Payment Type Amount (rounded to nearest 000)
Voluntary Payment (2003 MOU)

$1,236,000*

Payment (2012 MOA)**

$3,900,000

Total Voluntary Payments

$5,136,000

Taxes paid***

$2,558,000

Taxes paid on leased property

$300,000

Total Taxes Paid

$2,858,000

Total Voluntary Payments and Taxes

$7,994,000

Fees (FY 14)
Payment Type Amount (rounded to nearest 000)
Narragansett Bay Commission (sewer utility fees)

$1,425,000

City of Providence Water Supply (water utility fees)

$850,000

Other City and State fees

$75,000

Total Fees

$2,349,000

*The voluntary payment under the MOU increases 1.5% each year.

**under the 2012 MOA Brown will provided the City $31.5 million over 11 years.

***Prop taxes: $676,000; Prop tax transition: 1,516,000; Farview (Commercial): $366,000

Total Brown payments to City under 2003 MOU since its inception: $14 Million

Tax Exempt Facts

  • Percent of all assessed property that is tax exempt: 38%
  • Percent of assessed property value that is owned by private colleges and universities: 8.1%

PILOT Payment Facts

  • Annual payments to Providence under state-funded PILOT program in FY2015: $27.1 Million
  • Portion of PILOT payments attributable to Brown University: 32% or $8.67 Million
  • Brown’s payments to Providence plus state PILOT for Brown’s presence: $16.66 Million

Buildings used for educational purposes on which Brown makes tax payments

  • 222 Richmond (Alpert Medical School)
  • 43 Elm Street (Public Safety)
  • 121 S. Main (Public Health, ICERM)
  • 200 Dyer Street (Office of Continuing Education)
  • 94 Waterman (Center for Computing and Visualization)

Properties returned to tax rolls since 2007

  • 134 Hope Street
  • 95 Benevolent Street
  • 97 Benevolent Street
  • 99 Benevolent Street
  • 93 Brown Street
  • 95 Brown Street
  • 109 Brown Street
  • 117 Brown Street
  • 277 Brook Street
  • 129 Brown Street
  • 86 Brown Street
  • 66-68 Benevolent
  • 86-110 S. Main
  • 1140 N. Main

last updated 10/27/2014