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Finger Lakes Health and HWS Colleges Propose Financial Commitment to the City of Geneva

Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Finger Lakes Health announce that they have proposed an unprecedented multi-year financial commitment to the City of Geneva in excess of $2 million over the next 10 years.

“Hobart and William Smith Colleges are proud to make this pledge as we continue our efforts to deepen the ties of the Geneva Partnership,” says Mark D. Gearan, President of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. “We are staunchly committed to embrace new ways through which we can enhance the community where we have the good fortune to work, study, and live.”

Collaboration is at the heart of the proposal put forth by the Colleges and Finger Lakes Health. If accepted by the City, the Colleges would commit to a voluntary payment agreement with the City in excess of $1.5 million over the next decade. Finger Lakes Health would commit to a similar payment agreement approximating $500,000 during the same time period.

“We fully realize the pressures inherent in building a sustainable budget and the City’s desire to manage property tax rates for all,” says Gearan. “In order to develop long-term and lasting strategies to address these pressures, it is incumbent on all involved - City government and nonprofit agencies alike – to work in partnership.”

“We have worked collaboratively with other non-profit agencies in Geneva to find a solution that gives the City of Geneva the financial flexibility it needs, without compromising the tax status of every nonprofit organization, enabling the many nonprofits to continue to serve the religious, personal, educational, and health needs of the community,” says Jose Acevedo, President and C.E.O. of Finger Lakes Health.

At the invitation of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, more than 20 nonprofit organizations in the City of Geneva have gathered twice to discuss options for the City of Geneva. “We all agree that the nonprofit community can and should continue to seek more ways to be helpful to the City of Geneva,” says Acevedo.

Fr. Paul Tomasso, of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Geneva which represents St. Francis and St. Stephen’s, remarks: “As neighbors and caretakers of the traditions that bind all members of our community, it is important that we all communicate and work together to ensure the long-term success of the City of Geneva. We are grateful to Hobart and William Smith and to Finger Lakes Health for this commitment which we hope will satisfy the needs of the City while allowing our organizations to continue to serve the community,” says Tomasso.

Rev. James Gerling, of the Presbyterian Church, agrees that his congregation like other nonprofits in the City, which provide vital services to area residents, were in need of support. “These discussions have been important for us while we try to determine how to proceed,” says Adams.

“Finger Lakes Health has a long and rich history of serving the Geneva community. In addition to our efforts to provide the highest quality medical care for the region, we are pleased to make this historic and significant financial commitment,” says Acevedo.

“Hobart and William Smith Colleges are appreciative of our long standing and mutually beneficial relationship with the City of Geneva and with the people of Geneva,” says Gearan. “Hobart and William Smith and the City of Geneva have found our greatest success because of our collaborative efforts, and our future success is dependent upon the spirit of good will and cooperation that we have shared for nearly two centuries.”

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