Judge upholds ruling that I-LEAD must pay property taxes

READING, Pa. - A Berks County judge has upheld a ruling denying I-LEAD Charter School's request to be exempt from real estate taxes.

Judge Madelyn S. Fudeman determined that the school failed to establish its eligibility for multiple reasons.

Fudeman stated that the school did not prove that it operates at a loss, and she said that some of the salaries paid to school officials are "more in line with a profit-making institution" than a "charitable organization."

I-LEAD sought tax-exempt status on its building at North Fourth and Penn streets in 2013. The Berks County Board of Assessments denied that request in 2014.

69 News reached out to I-LEAD officials for comment, but have not heard back.

The Reading School District issued a statement Tuesday, saying it agrees with the decision to tax the charter school.

"Any time a property is removed from the tax rolls as a result of an improperly claimed exemption, the burden falls on the other taxpayers of the District," RSD said in its statement.

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