CLAIMS TAXPAYERS SUFFER IN INTELLECTUAL CAMBRIDGE

The prospect of expansion by the University over new property without the opposition of the city of Cambridge is held out by a bill recently introduced into the Massachusetts Legislature by Representative Blanchard of Cambridge.

The fact that property occupied by educational institutions is tax-exempt, has in the past furnished a very natural incentive to the city to oppose expansion by Harvard. No less than 40 percent of Cambridge property is said to be nontaxable, due to the law. The proposed legislation would remedy the situation by providing that any city which contains educational, charitable, or similar organizations, shall be recompensed by counties and state for its loss of income.