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  •  That was my question below. (11+ / 0-)

    Do they at least pay property taxes?  Because the Baptist Mega Churches around here are like Starbucks, they're everywhere.  Just in my 'hood, they are 4 within a few miles of each other.  All on pristine, costly land.

    Land that could be better used for the community.  I'd wish they tear one down in particular and make it a community park/commons.

    My neighbor is the Preacher for one.  His house is FREE... and it's a nice one.  He drives 5 cars.  One is a Mercedes.

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    by Damnit Janet on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 05:51:34 AM PDT

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    •  It is abused (1+ / 0-)
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      At one time, the church was the biggest meeting place around and the community used it as a sort of town hall for general meetings, etc. so it seemed fair to balance things out.  Now many of the mega churches are like gated communities and/or country clubs.

      The other thing that happens when you lose your church/charity designation is you no longer qualify to be exempt from sales taxes.

      I think the result would be more on the local tax level but it would certainly put a dent in a church budget.

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      by CorinaR on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 07:41:43 AM PDT

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    •  I seem to remember talking to someone in NY (6+ / 0-)

      evidently the Mormon Church owns a ton of land and pays no property taxes, which can have a big impact on small cities or towns in particular. And this land is not only where a church is, but all sorts of property and private homes.

      Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. - Dalai Lama

      by kimoconnor on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 09:01:00 AM PDT

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