Hebron Academy lawsuit against town set for Tuesday trial

HEBRON — Hebron Academy's lawsuit against the town of Hebron is set for Tuesday in Oxford County Superior Court.

Hebron grads
Amber Waterman/Sun Journal (file)

The class of 2010 streams past Sturtevant Hall on the Hebron Academy campus  before their graduation.

The school is suing the town for tax exemption status. According to Hebron Academy's complaint, the school retained tax exempt status until 2009, when the town began taxing part of the school's property, including Robinson Arena. Hebron Academy also requests that all tax money paid to the town be reimbursed.

At a 2010 meeting of the Oxford County Commission, the town argued that Hebron Academy rents out the arena for purposes unrelated to its tax exempt purpose.

According to the lawsuit, the school says it rents out the arena “in a nonprofit manner and Hebron Academy has charged each group reasonable rates in order to cover the expenses of the ice hockey arena.”

The school says any money received by renting out the arena was returned to Hebron Academy's operating budget. Among evidence the school will present is the annual operating budget for Robinson Arena.

Including general and administrative expenses, the arena costs more than $370,000 annually to run. The school makes about $36,000 in income from renting it out, according to the document.

In 2010, the school requested an abatement against the town for its $19,240 property tax bill for 2009. The school went to the Oxford County Commission on Oct. 19, 2010. Commissioners determined Hebron Academy's request was not filed in a timely manner and dismissed their request for an abatement.

The school filed the lawsuit on Dec. 1, 2010.

The parties have waived a jury trial. The trial is set to last one day.

treaves@sunjournal.com

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Tax Exempt Status

Tax exempt status wouldn't be such a farce if the entities that benefit didn't pad salaries from the top down. If Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway can AFFORD to pay its "top" administrators millions, YES MILLIONS, of dollars in compensation and bonuses, they can probably afford to pay taxes - what one might call their "fair share".

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So many tax exempt

One thing should change is the "tax exempt status" every where, united way, churches, hospitals, every school around.

Look at CMMC and bates they own 1/2 of Lewsiton. Tax them all accordingly.

Nick Adams's picture

I think if they should keep

I think if they should keep tax exempt status, they should allow residents to attend the academy for free. I know off the subject.

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