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New bill could require Nebraska churches to pay property tax

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Churches and religious groups in Nebraska could lose their property-tax exemptions if a new legislative bill becomes law. 
Nebraska churches are currently exempt from paying property taxes, along with other educational, charitable, or cemetery organizations.

But State Senator Ernie Chambers wants to change that.

Chambers presented a bill to the legislature on Friday that would reverse that law, and require religious organizations to pay property taxes.

Chambers says everyone should pay their fair share, and argued that religious organizations don't fulfill the same purpose of educational and charitable groups.

Chambers is also known for once trying to sue god.

Justin Adams, Associate Pastor at Gering's Northfield Church says the new law could have a dramatic impact on churches and their communities.
"I think that these ramifications are going to be big. You're talking about now churches wont have the ability to hire staff or to do new outreach projects or do things to better their communities. And I think that's one thing we have to keep in sight of. Churches in Nebraska and across this country their main goal is to make their communities better. If you're taking resources out of that, you're taking the means of which they can do that," Adams said.


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