In these desperate times for cities and their budgets, many new and restrictive policies are being implemented to make up for lost revenue due to bad investments by city officials, and the nationwide recession.
In many cities around the country mayors and city boards are having law enforcement dedicate more time to ticketing drivers to bring in revenue. While in other instances, state and Federal governments want to soon start taxing rainwater runoff on people’s property to bring in a buck.
The ultimate taxation scheme may have finally been unveiled however, as the city of Mission, a suburb of Kansas City, wants to tax parishioners for attending and listening to sermons in their own churches.
In an article from Tuesday on Worldnetdaily, the city of Mission, Kansas wants to implement a new ‘driveway tax’ that will affect even the tax exempt organizations such as churches. This will be a type of ‘head count’ tax, enforced each time people go to their community churches.
“No one should be taxing church attendance, but that’s what this tax does: It punishes churches based on their attendance,” said Erik Stanley, a senior legal counsel for the organization.
“Cleverly disguising a tax as a fee is just another way to penalize churches and other nonprofit organizations and charities by subverting their tax exemptions so the government can collect more money,” he said. “This driveway tax is simply outrageous. Will we soon be seeing a ‘sidewalk tax’ based on the number of people who walk to church?”
It was in August when the city council in Mission created Ordinance 1332 for a “Transportation Utility Fee.” The law requiress that owners of all property within city limits with improvements such as buildings or landscaping pay a fee, “which functions as an additional property tax.”
According to ADF, the ordinance itself specifies that owners of properties that are tax exempt under state law, such as churches, charities and nonprofit ministries, still must pay.
For churches, the tax is based on an assumption about the number of vehicle trips.
The audacity of cities and states to tax nearly every function of society is getting to be a burden the people are quickly refusing to bear. First it was tax the rich, then it was tax the smokers.
Now its tax those who worship the creator.
Will it ever end? Time will tell, but it looks like American’s better get their prayers in quickly before it gets too expense to appeal to God.