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WOODS SCHOOLS TAX EXEMPTION CASE. (03/13/62)

March 13, 1962

WOODS SCHOOLS TAX EXEMPTION CASE.


Appeals, Nos. 104 to 127, inclusive, from order of Superior Court, Oct. T., 1960, Nos. 382 to 386, inclusive, and 401 to 419, inclusive, affirming decree of Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, Dec. T., 1958, Nos. 56 to 79, inclusive, in re appeal of Woods Schools from orders of Board of Assessment and Revision of Taxes of Bucks County. Order affirmed.

COUNSEL

Walter J. Collins, Jr., with him David F. Maxwell, and Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell and Hippel, for appellant.

Louis J. Goffman, with him Seymour Kurland, Morris Wolf, and Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen, for all appellees.

Sidney T. Yates and John W. Dean, 3rd, for Middletown Township School District and Middletown Township, appellees.

Donald W. Vanartsdalen and Frederick T. Bebbington, for Langhorne Borough School District and Langhorne Borough, appellees.

Samuel S. Gray, Jr., for Bucks County, appellee.

Before Bell, C.j., Musmanno, Jones, Cohen, Eagen and O'brien, JJ.

Author: Eagen

[ 406 Pa. Page 581]

OPINION BY MR. JUSTICE EAGEN

This is a real estate tax assessment case. Total exemption from all real estate taxation is sought by the appellant, the Woods Schools, on the ground that it is a "purely public charity."

Woods Schools is a nonprofit corporation which maintains and operates a private institution in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, for the education, treatment and care of children and adults, who are physically, mentally, socially or emotionally handicapped. Its real estate holdings presently include over 326 acres of land improved with approximately 80 buildings.

The institution seeks the fullest development and rehabilitation of its pupil-patients by maintaining a campus which is self-sufficient, and a group of separate, ...


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