Lyndeborough church loses its tax appeal
Paul and Mary Lemire, who head the United Church of Christ, learned last week that their appeal of the town of Lyndeborough's decision to tax a four-acre parcel of land owned by the church had been denied by the New Hampshire Board of Land and Tax Appeals.
For years, the church argued that the land was tax-exempt because it was owned by a religious organization and would be used in the future for a new church building.
But some folks in town argued that the land, assessed at around $45,000, wasn't being used for religious services or events and thus didn't qualify for the tax exemption.
The church responded by building a small chapel on the land, complete with tiny pews and religious icons, and argued that people could worship at the chapel.
The problem, however, according to the board of selectmen, was that people weren't worshiping at Cutter Chapel.
In August, selectmen sent the church a letter saying that they were going to start taxing the property beyond the area where the chapel and the parking lot sit - a move that would add about $1,000 per year to the general fund.
"I am very disappointed with the recent ruling, but not surprised since it follows the current trend of disrespect that communities are showing toward religious entities," said Paul Lemire. "We are a small church with limited resources that will now have to pay into a system that is wasteful and inefficient."
Kevin Boette, chairman of the Lyndeborough Board of Selectmen, said he wasn't surprised by the result.
"They did not meet or even come close to the burden of proof required to gain tax-exempt status," Boette said.
READER COMMENTS: 5
- Pinkerton: 'No surprises' on first day with additional Hooksett students - 1
- Manchester Youth Leadership Academy will start Sept. 23 - 0
- New school year kicks off in style in Wilton/Lyndeborough - 0
- PSU recognizes 3 professors for their scholarship, service - 0
- Unity Elementary School off to late start - 0
- La. Gov. Jindal files federal lawsuit over Common Core - 0
- Central High parents reminded to use caution when dropping kids off - 0
- New Manchester school district standards to give teachers more leeway - 4
- Construction to begin on Hollis playground - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Goffstown's Bourque impresses; Memorial, Bishop Guertin, Pinkerton win in Queen City Jamboree - 0
- Hanover boys soccer edges defense-minded BG - 0
- NH Fisher Cats, Pierre stun Rock Cats in 4-3 win - 0
- Helping hands for new St. Anselm students in Manchester on move in day - 0
- To market, to market: Market Basket shoppers flock on in - 0
- Nashua Market Basket employee: 'Worth every day of work lost' - 0
- NH teen killers to get sentence reviews after state Supreme Court decision - 0
- Manchester raid came 8 months after home invasion - 0
- NH killer in 1991 Smart trial seeks time with wife - 0
Enter to win tickets to see Paula Poundstone
Where is Shaheen? Hiding from you
Win tickets to see Steven Wright
Hooksett highs: A good multiple choice test