Allegheny County lacks resources to scrutinize tax breaks for ‘Big 4’ charities

Natasha Lindstrom | Monday, March 11, 2019, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Allegheny County says it lacks the resources to scrutinize hundreds of tax-exempt properties owned by the region’s so-called “Big 4” charities, further delaying an oversight probe that was supposed to be completed years ago, the Tribune-Review has learned.

Four massive nonprofit organizations with billion-dollar portfolios control the county’s most valuable, tax-free real estate: UPMC, Highmark/Allegheny Health Network, the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

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