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Senator Ernie Chambers looks to end Nebraska church tax exemptions

Churches and religious groups in Nebraska would lose their property-tax exemptions under a bill introduced by state Sen. Ernie Chambers.
Chambers presented the Legislature's Revenue Committee Friday with a measure that would require religious organizations to pay property taxes. State law exempts properties owned by educational, charitable, religious or cemetery organizations.
Chambers says everyone should pay their fair share, and argued that religious organizations don't fulfill the same purpose of educational and charitable groups.
Jim Cunningham, executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference, says churches perform charitable work that benefits the community.
Lawmakers took no immediate action on the bill.

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