If a church catches on fire, the city fire department comes in to help.
If there’s a crime on church property, the city police will come in to investigate.
The church pays no taxes for this, of course, but they benefit from being part of a city.
So what about city-mandated safety inspections? They can’t get around that in East St. Louis, Illinois, so the City Council assessed all churches and non-profit groups a $100 fee.
Now, the pastors are flipping out… partly over semantic issues since the city is calling this a “fee” which the churches are calling it a “tax”:
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