The Church of Scientology is getting an extremely high-thetan-level property tax deal in Kansas City

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    The Church of Scientology is getting an extremely high-thetan-level property tax deal in Kansas City

    The Pitch: The Church of Scientology is getting an extremely high-thetan-level deal in Kansas City

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    BY DAVID HUDNALL JAN 9, 2019 12 PM

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    In theory, Jackson County should have been taxing the church. Actually, not in theory — by law. Missouri requires that a property be "regularly and actually used for religious worship" to qualify for tax exemption. Anybody who lives or works in the Crossroads could tell you that 1801 Grand has been thoroughly devoid of activity since at least 2007.

    During that time, the county assessed 1801 Grand at about $3.5 million. The Corrigan Building, just a few blocks away at 1828 Walnut, was also assessed at $3.5 million during these years. But while the Corrigan Building's annual tax bill floated around $140,000 per year, the Church of Scientology paid almost nothing: $84 (not a typo) annually from 2010-2012, and, post-streetcar, $4,000 per year.

    (Of course, the Corrigan Building doesn't pay property taxes anymore either, because rich developers simply aren't asked to pay their fair share in Kansas City.)

    Add it up, and a properly taxed 1801 Grand would have likely added over $1 million to county coffers over the last decade. Instead: bupkis. Sorry, failing jails and schools!

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