PITTSBURGH (News Radio 1020 KDKA) – Pittsburgh City Council passed a resolution Tuesday opposing an effort by state lawmakers to save big nonprofits like UPMC and Highmark from having to pay property taxes.

Senate Bill 4 would give the power back to the state legislature to define what a purely public charity is, and stop local efforts to go after big non-profits.  City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak says the bill “isn’t in the best interests of taxpayers.”

Supporters say without the bill, municipalities would tie up the courts with endless challenges to the property tax exempt status of non-profits.

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