Providence mayor set to press health system execs


Providence’s mayor is expected to press health executives for more in voluntary payments from their tax-exempt institutions as he seeks to close the city’s $22.5 million deficit.
A spokesman says Mayor Angel Taveras is scheduled to meet Friday with the chief executives of Lifespan, Care New England and CharterCARE Health Partners, which operate hospitals in the capital.
The mayor has asked the city’s largest tax-exempts for $7.1 million more in lieu of taxes for this fiscal year. Johnson Wales this week agreed to at least triple, to $958,000, its annual payment to the city. The city is also negotiating with Brown University.
Taveras has said the institutions, which are exempt from paying property taxes, have not sacrificed enough to help Providence.

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