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Should New Jersey Hospitals Be Tax-Exempt?

2 more municipalities challenge hospitals' tax-exempt status

Two more New Jersey municipalities are challenging the tax-exempt status of their local nonprofit hospitals.

The Record newspaper reports Englewood and Teaneck's councils voted Tuesday to file tax appeals against Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and Holy Name Medical Center, respectively. More than a dozen other towns in the state have filed lawsuits against nonprofit hospitals seeking property tax payments.

The municipalities' mayors say they are hoping to compromise with the hospitals.

The move comes after Gov. Chris Christie proposed a two-year freeze on payments while a commission studies the issue.

Englewood Hospital says it welcomes the opportunity to work with the city to enhance resources. Holy Name President and CEO Michael Maron says he's disappointed in the suit and will work with the town to resolve the issue.

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