IBT Property Tax Case
Dear Brethren and Friends, Just as Pharaoh came back after Israel after they had escaped from Egypt, it seems that the same thing is happening to the Indianapolis Baptist Temple. Thirteen years ago, the congregation, even though losing their property, escaped to locate twelve miles south of the original area, in a beautiful leased facility. A part of the lease agreement with the owners, Marion County agreed to remove the property from the property tax rolls, which relieved the church from approximately $140,000 worth of property taxes per year. As strange as it might seem, over the past few years, the church has had to go through the process again three times with the count ruling each time in favor of the church. Tragically there was a case some time ago where an incorporated church in Hamilton County which was leasing, lost their case which went to the Supreme Court of Indiana which ruled against the church. but also ruled that each County may rule as they wish in such cases. Churches that own, as in the Trinity Springs Case recently are home free for the time being. However we feel that this is a back door way of getting to all churches in Indiana. Get those who lease first and then go for the ones who own property.