California City Unfairly Taxes Church

Through the Pacific Justice Institute, Valley Baptist Church in San Rafael, Calif., brought a lawsuit against the city for a 2010 tax that charges up to 14 cents per foot per year for “non-residential structures,” even though churches and other religious non-profits should be exempt from this type of property tax. City officials decided the church owed $13,000 for several years of back taxes for this special tax.

Said Pacific Justice Institute President Brad Dacus, “The California Constitution exempts churches from paying such taxes, pure and simple. Valley Baptist did not owe a penny to the city of San Rafael, and it’s unfortunate that the church now has to go to court to win back money that it never should have had to pay to begin with.”

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