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Many Boston Colleges Fall Short On Voluntary Payments To City

Boston’s wealthiest colleges are failing to pay the city the full amounts it seeks to help cover the cost of municipal services, according to data released Tuesday, prompting city officials to say they hope more schools will comply with the requests going forward.

Under a four-year-old program, the city asks nonprofits with more than $15 million worth of tax-exempt property in Boston to write checks twice a year to help offset the cost of police and fire protection, snow removal, and other services. The payments are voluntary contributions in lieu of taxes.