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Vol. LXIII, No. 16
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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Town Talk

A forum for Princeton residents to express opinions about local and national issues

Question of the Week:

“Do you think Princeton University should pay taxes and why or why not?”


“The University is a citizen of the community just as we are. I would look at their financial contribution in terms of the services that we provide them. I do not believe that the size of their portfolio is the basis for asking them to contribute more. Additionally, they give back a lot by stimulating local business.”

James Floyd, Princeton

“I think that the University should help out more, if not by direct financial contributions, by promoting activities that will bring more business into the town.”

Giancarlo Squitieri, Princeton

“I believe the University contributes quite a bit to the community at large, if not by paying taxes, but other means. For example, I have known a number of students who have benefited from the abatement of student loans. Overall, I believe that we obtain a substantial benefit from the University.”

Ken Soufl, Princeton


“I’m a Princeton grad. I know what the University has done for me and for this country. If their non-tax status means that they can provide more educational benefits, then I would be opposed to taxation.”

Kevin Williams with Ella, Princeton

“The University is a huge draw to Princeton, bringing in people from all over the world. Overall, I think that what they bring in as local spending exceeds what they take away by not paying taxes and making a voluntary contribution.”

Kevin McCormick with Connor, Princeton


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