A church in San Rafael, California, is suing the city for charging thousands of dollars through a special property tax from which religious facilities are supposed to be exempt.
The action was brought in Superior Court for Marin County by the Pacific Justice Institute on behalf of Valley Baptist Church.
The legal team explained voters in San Rafael approved a special tax in 2010 through a referendum.
It provides that the city can charge the owners of “non-residential structures” up to 14 cents per square foot each year.
But in California, churches and religious institutions are exempt from ad valorem taxes, which are assessed in proportion to the estimated value of the property. (Read more from “Christian Congregation Sues City Over Getting Taxed” HERE)