The assault on religious tax exemption begins
As I predicted, and documented, the assault on tax exemption for church property has begun:
Ernie Chambers' bill to end property tax exemption for religious groups gets a hearing
Property taxes paid by religious groups could ease the burden on other taxpayers, as well as reduce the need for state aid to schools and other local subdivisions.
“I believe everybody should pay their fair share, including religious organizations,” Chambers said.
How much revenue the bill would generate for local governments and how it might affect state aid could not be determined, however.
As I said before, a tax on church property (as distinct from commercial enterprises owned by churches) would effectively deprive most Americans the opportunity to worship at the church of their choice. Very few churches could afford property taxes. Churches are the last institution controlled by the middle class. Make no mistake, this is a power grab.