A report by the Boston Redevelopment Authority about the ownership and usage of tax exempt land in Boston. Last page is an interesting map of Boston showing the exempt land.
50% of the land in Boston is tax exempt. Most of that land is state (26%) or city (14%) owned. Colleges and universities own 1.5%, cemetaries own 2.6%, and museums and other cultural organizations own 1.4%.
This report suggests a different solution than the City Council's proposal to get more PILOT from the colleges. The BRA says:
The state needs to reimburse cities and towns – especially Boston – for
the revenue lost by the presence of tax-exempt institutions and the cost of providing
services to them.