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Church sues Rockland over Tax Exemptions
04/25/2012 03:09 PM ET  

The Alsersgate United Methodist Church has an exemption for its church building, but the suit claims the church's parking lot and parsonage should also be exempt from property taxes.

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) _ A Maine church is suing the city of Rockland claiming it isn't getting all the tax exemptions it's entitled to for its church property.

Lawyers with the Alliance Defense Fund say they filed a complaint in Knox County Superior Court this week on behalf of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

The church was granted a tax exemption for its church building, but the suit claims the church's parking lot and parsonage should also be exempt from property taxes under Maine law covering churches and charitable organizations.

City Attorney Kevin Beal says the church has been granted all the tax exemptions it's entitled to and can't claim exemptions as both a church and a charitable organization.

He says the church is seeking preferential treatment that other churches don't receive.


 

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