Bill, aka the Crazy Clock Guy, aka Hey You (tallguy) wrote,
Bill, aka the Crazy Clock Guy, aka Hey You

Property tax on church

There is a bit of a brouhaha in Indianapolis regarding property taxes. A number of homeowners got walloped with some huge property tax increases. As a result, there is a lot of talk about reforming the whole property tax system. One idea which is on the table is the taxing of churches.

In most communities, churches are exempt from property taxes because they are considered a non-profit organization. Taxing church property is generally considered anathema, but there's been a growing sentiment among groups on both sides of the political spectrum to rethink this entrenched philosophy. Their reasoning is that churches uses community resources (fire, police, public service), and should pay their fair share for the upkeep of the community infrastructure.

I was curious to know people's opinions: should churches have to pay property taxes on their land and buildings? You may post anonymously if you wish, but just to get some idea of the cross-section of opinions and to spur further discussion, include your religious and/or political affiliation (if any).
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