MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court order that a church group must pay property taxes to the town of Brownington for an overnight camp it owns in that town.
The New Hope Bible Church and Ministries had argued that its camp property - including cabins for campers, a kitchen and a building where meetings are held and equipment is stored - are tax-exempt under a state law saying churches are not subject to property taxes.
But in a ruling issued Friday, the court said the Legislature had made a distinction between certain types of church-owned buildings and others.
Those which are primarily houses of worship, as well as church-owned schools, hospitals, orphanages and convents are tax exempt. The court notes that list does not include camp buildings.
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