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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bible Studies Face New Challenge: Driveway Tax

A Kansas town’s plan to raise revenue by taxing parishioners attending worship services has gone by the wayside, but the ripples from the controversial decision still are developing.

One consequence is that the state’s attorney general has issued a statement, albeit in a non-binding opinion, that such a tax is illegal.

The complaint brought on behalf of the churches in the city of Mission was resolved some weeks ago when the city decided to settle a lawsuit rather than fight for its decision to impose a “driveway tax.” The municipal tax was based on an estimate of the number of people who would attend the church and use its parking lot in a given week.