ADI News Services
Attorneys asked the Arizona Supreme Court on Thursday to hear the case of a Quartzsite Church, which is facing an illegally assessed property tax bill that would force it to shut down. A September decision from the Arizona Court of Appeals in Church of the Isaiah 58 Project of Arizona v. La Paz County upheld an earlier Tax Court ruling that said the church should have paid the tax bill before challenging it as illegal.
“Churches shouldn’t live in fear of being punished by the government when they’ve not done anything wrong, but that’s precisely what is happening to this church. If government officials have their way, this church will lose everything,” said Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley. “The county assessor illegally levied more than $50,000 in taxes against the church even though the Arizona Department of Revenue provided a letter stating that the church should owe no taxes. We are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to right this wrong.”
To discuss tqx appeals, contact attorney Kelley Gorry at firstname.lastname@example.org