Churches many not have to pay into taxes for the country, but they certainly use resources available to the city and state, paid by taxpayers.
The same process would happen if an attempted burglary or vandalism occurred on church property with local law enforcement. How can the city pay for that protection when churches remain tax-exempt? Easy. A set fee is charged all non-profits to subsidize the costs of social services.
City officials in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, have suggested an “annual fire assessment of 5 cents per square foot” for every non-profit organization.
Some churches are opposed due to their perception that it would hurt their ability to covert other:
”The First Baptist Church campus consists of the church sanctuary, its Christian Life Center, a fellowship hall, administrative building and three educational buildings, all of which total 122,000 square feet. At 5 cents per square foot, the church would be charged an annual fire fee of $6,100. That amount would pay for a lot of community missions. City officials say the fire fee is not a tax and can be charged to the 37 tax-exempt churches in Fort Walton Beach…” [Rev. Howard] Gates said..
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