The new tax? Fees on churches, schools ect.

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    Local communities are scrambling to find new income and one way is to charge non-profits and other government entities a fee. I Houston passed a drainage fee that will charge all property owners including schools and churches to pay for infrastructure repairs to sewers.

    Strapped Cities Hit Nonprofits With Fees - WSJ.com

    The question is should everyone including churches and other government entities be required to pay these fees/taxes?

    My problem is that when a government entity like a school coorporation has to pay these fees it is the taxpayer who will have his taxes raised to pay for it. A church historically has been tax exempt exept these are being called fees not taxes. Yet the Federal government has called them taxes when pressed to pay fees!
     
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    Schools and churches use public utilities and should pay for them. Hell I don't have kids and I pay for fucking schools don't I?
     
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    I think god would approve of paying fees so the church can use the lavatory.
     
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    i don't think schools or gvt entities should be included but it seems just, that non profits should pay for their own repairs.
     
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    Chuches should pay all property taxes and fees that everyone else does.
    It is wrong to shift the burden they create onto the backs of others.
     
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    Yep and you are also paying for public utilities/facilities that churches use.
     
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    Use of public utilities is one thing, taxing for the sake of taxing is another. Most utilities are use measured - use lots of utilities = higher bills, use less utilities = lower bills. Public schools operate on taxes - but I can't say the taxpayers are getting their money's worth. Churches are private religious organizations - to tax them "just because" would mean government interference in religion - making the private entity into a public entity.
     

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