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Response to pnwmom (Reply #37)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 11:57 AM

39. That does not address commercial property

owned by the church but used for secular purposes (profits). It is up to the local taxing authority. The local taxing authority is easily influenced (some would say bribed) into leaving the strip centers, the 18 hole golf course, apartment complexes, and the boutique hotels off the property tax rolls.

That ruling also seems to expand the religious tax exemption to a whole new class of organizations. I am glad you posted that as I have always wondered when that whole exemption for property taxes was expanded to include a whole lot of entities that did not have "religious" affiliations. For example - I know of a local real estate business/large property owner who is exempt from property taxes because they are organized as a "not for profit".

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