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Old 03-19-2009, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Rockport Texas from El Paso
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I just received another email ranting about having prayer in school and I wondered why do Churches get a free ride - meaning those who don't believe have to pay for the believers.

Didn't Ronald Reagan espouse the philosophy of pay for what you use?

This goes for all religious real estate -not just churches.

Those who either don't attend church or have their own private beliefs, are forced to subsidize these buildings. The churches receive all the city services .. and pay for none of them.

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Old 03-19-2009, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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No, it isn't fair. And out of curiosity, why would you bring up Ronald Reagan?
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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I am not sure how I feel about the property that the church sits on, but I know how I feel about any income producing property. We have several older churches that have been left, in wills, blocks of rental property, stocks, etc. This income allows the churches to exists without trying to get money from the congregation.

This means that the general population pays for the congregation to worship as it pleases. I think that there should be at least some part of that income go into the general tax funds.

Now, as far as the church, sunday school buildings, etc. go, I feel that what a church can do for the community (the homeless, meals for the elderly, etc.) outweighs what the money that tax revenues could be.
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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Yes - it is fair to exempt Churches from property taxes.
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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No, it is not fair. I agree that in some places maybe the good of churches outweigh the bad, but definitely NOT in my area. Churches are nothing but eyesores with giant crosses out front who do absolutely nothing to help the community around them. They are only out for publicity to increase the size of their flock which in turn increases tithing. I've said this numerous times on this forum, but my 4h group has done more in this county than the churches ever have.
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Rockport Texas from El Paso
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I mentioned Reagan because he believed that people who use services should pay for them.

greatday -elaborate a bit.
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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If you want to maintain a so-called "seperation of church and state", then property taxes could very well violate that seperation.
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:34 PM
 
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If the church is being used as a food kitchen or similar, I have no issue with it. But for worship and the like, of course not.
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:54 PM
 
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Default that's life

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I just received another email ranting about having prayer in school and I wondered why do Churches get a free ride - meaning those who don't believe have to pay for the believers.

Didn't Ronald Reagan espouse the philosophy of pay for what you use?

This goes for all religious real estate -not just churches.

Those who either don't attend church or have their own private beliefs, are forced to subsidize these buildings. The churches receive all the city services .. and pay for none of them.
That's life! Ronald Reagan had alzheimers no telling what he said,That was around twenty years ago so now he don't call the shots!So you think we should break the churches?They do help people if they are starving or going thrue problems!That's heartless to think of such!
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Old 03-19-2009, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Trieste
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Land in scarce , it's a limited resourse so you have to pay for it , regardless you're producing an income or the other way around being a non-profit organization/hospital/church/synagogue/etc
Of course I'd set a way smaller property tax for such buildings since their main goal isn't that of business but the principle is the same.
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