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  •  We're in Iowa. Tax codes do differ by states, but (6+ / 0-)

    that sounds  ridiculous to me.

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 06:24:04 AM PST

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    •  "Religious Programs Expand, So Do Tax Breaks" (8+ / 0-)

      NYT article is here.

      Check out that luxury retirement community. Lakefront too. Brothers of the Holy Cross in Notre Dame, South Bend IN.

      As the Brothers of Holy Cross, a Roman Catholic religious order, sees it, providing the elderly with the amenities of the village — a sense of security, social opportunities and various services to make independent living easier — is a charitable activity rooted in its pastoral mission to serve others.

      Members of the St. Joseph County Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals, all but one of them lifelong Catholics, see it differently. To them, a charitable ministry does not consist of providing lovely retirement living to affluent people. The current residents of Holy Cross Village have an average net worth of $1 million. Those with deposits on the units under construction are even better off, averaging $1.6 million.

      So, the Catholic Church built luxury retirement communities on lakefronts for retired people with a net worth over 1 MILLION dollars and the Church doesn't want to pay property taxes on that luxury community.

      One may live without bread, but not without roses.
      ~Jean Richepin
      Bread & Roses

      by bronte17 on Sat Feb 18, 2012 at 10:22:36 AM PST

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