California Church Owes Local Paramedic Tax, Appeals Court Says

March 1, 2021, 10:36 PM

The California constitution doesn’t exempt churches from special property taxes, like one levied against nonresidential structures in San Rafael to fund paramedic services in the city, a state appeals court said.

San Rafael residents approved by a two-thirds vote a paramedic services special tax of up to 14 cents per square foot in 2010, updating a tax first approved in 1979.

The Valley Baptist Church was one of a handful of nonresidential properties initially omitted from assessment of the paramedic tax, but when the city realized its oversight, it asked the church to pay $13,644 in past due taxes.


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