Kansas town sued for taxing church attendance

December 21, 2010 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Kansas town sued for taxing church attendance

ADF sues city of Mission for implementing new driveway tax

MISSION, Kan. — Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of two churches in response to a city of Mission property tax disguised as a “driveway fee” to evade having to grant exemptions.

The driveway tax is similar to ones struck down by supreme courts in two other states and bills property owners based on the number of trips in and out of their driveways. The city of Mission has labeled the driveway tax as a “fee” and has therefore charged churches, non-profit organizations and charities ordinarily exempt from property taxes under state law.

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