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Reassessment forcing local Pennsylvania church to pay up

from WTAJ-TV

The reassessment has a direct effect on homeowners, but the evaluations branch out to other properties. The New Hope Baptist Church is challenging new taxes. It's a place for worship and community action, on one piece of property. Ron Anderson, Treasurer of the church, said all 6.7 acres are on one deed and the area has been exempt to taxes, until now. The reassessment gave commissioners an opportunity to re-evaluate all properties including churches. "They picked out three areas of our church grounds and said 'you don't need them, we're going to tax you,'" Anderson said. State law acknowledges places practicing regular religious worship, and areas necessary for those organizations are exempt. more

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