Iowa church does not receive property tax exemption (January 17, 2018)

Where: Des Moines County.

Violation: The County Board of Supervisors was planning to vote on waiving a property tax exemption deadline for Harmony Bible Church. (It was also reported that Board Chairman Bob Beck said, “I’ve never gotten in trouble for saying it, but I wish our judges would hand out statements saying instead of going to jail, you have to take your family and go to Sunday school.”)

Outcome: After receiving FFRF’s letter, it was reported by local media that the county board canceled its vote because it no longer believed that it had the authority to ignore the deadline.

FFRF attorney who handled the case: Ryan D. Jayne.

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