Associated Press, Published January 31 2011
ND pastors seek change in church property tax lawBISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota law allows churches to be assessed property taxes on more than two acres of land, and state lawmakers are considering whether to change it.
Bismarck's Evangel Assembly of God recently got an $11,000 bill for some of its property near the church.
Assistant Pastor Roger Will says city officials have reconsidered the tax, but he says the situation has caused some uncertainty.
Cornerstone Community Church pastor Keith Ritchie says the Legislature should clarify the issue.
The North Dakota House's Finance and Taxation Committee is considering legislation that would exempt church land from property taxes as long as it doesn't produce revenue.
Some North Dakota cities tax church land holdings aside from the church building and surrounding land.
The committee hasn't acted on the legislation.
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