This week the South Jersey Eye Center (SJEC) won a court battle over its tax-exempt status. The Camden nonprofit, which provides affordable eye care for the indigent, underinsured, and homeless, is now officially viewed as a charitable organization and does not have to pay local property taxes on its headquarters building. Camden officials had revoked its nonprofit status in early 2011.

Jeffrey S. Beenstock, a Ballard Spahr real estate partner and SJEC's attorney, said that his client was "very disappointed" to lose its tax-free status "as part of a citywide review of charitable exemptions. … With this victory, the Eye Center can continue its mission." Mr. Beenstock also said SJEC would likely have been unable to afford the cost of a protracted tax fight. Ballard Spahr's policy is to assist "worthy organizations" and has provided no-cost service to the eye center.

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