Revenue-hungry states and cities are imposing new fees on local nonprofits, charging them for use of street lights and fire-safety inspections, among other services, in a reversal of policy toward tax-exempt community aid organizations, The Wall Street Journal reports
. Some cities are even levying property taxes on churches for buildings not used for worship.
“Governments are taking their public burdens and putting them on the backs of nonprofits, at a time when the demand for our services is skyrocketing,” said Tim Delaney, chief executive of the National Council of Nonprofits.
In Houston, some nonprofits are vowing to overturn a citywide November ballot initiative that levied a "drainage fee" on all property owners including churches, schools, and charities.
“We’ll defeat this,” said David Welch of the Houston Area Pastor’s Council. “This is really a tax.”
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