McMinnville officials are temporarily holding off on requests from Saint Thomas River Park Hospital and Middle Tennessee Surgical Center for property tax refunds totaling $92,021.
During the last meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, city attorney Tim Pirtle asked officials to not take action on four requests for property tax refunds: 1) River Park Hospital $69,393; 2) River Park Hospital $18,263; 3) Middle Tennessee Surgical Center $2,919; 4) Middle Tennessee Surgical Center $1,446.
Each request stated, “For real property taxes that were lowered by the State Board of Equalization.”
Said Pirtle, “I would like to take a look at those before you take action on them.”
In July 2015, Saint Thomas purchased the remaining half of River Park to take complete ownership of the facility. As a nonprofit organization, Saint Thomas is tax-exempt. However, the property, a total of 15.2 acres, is divided into several tracts with some of it being leased to for-profit physicians.
By the Tennessee State Board of Equalization website, Saint Thomas divided the property into five portions, three for the property at 1559 Sparta Street and two for the property at 145 Health Way, and filed five petitions for tax-exempt status. Of those, the board determined on Nov. 3 that exemption 93716 was denied due to non-qualification, exemption 93725 was approved, exemption 93715 was partially approved, exemption 93717 was partially approved (145 Health Way), and exemption 93726 was approved (145 Health Way).
According to the Warren County property assessor’s office, it has been established by the state what portions of the Saint Thomas property would be considered tax-exempt and after review, the property assessor’s office has no plans to challenge the state’s findings.
The next regular session of the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen is this Tuesday, Jan. 12.