Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Purposed Bill Could Mean Lower Property Taxes For Religious Groups

Property-TaxReligious groups would pay fewer property taxes if a measure backed by the Arizona House of Representatives becomes law.  The Republican-led House voted 35-to-24 along party lines to advance the measure Tuesday. 

The amended bill passed after some compromise between local property tax assessors and conservative leaders. 

The bill that passed the House no longer specifies that student dormitories and shelters owned by religious groups are protected from property taxes.  It instead seeks to exempt property used for "religious use," including vacant lots.  The lots cannot be sold for profit. 

Property used for worship is currently tax-exempt.

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