Suppose your town provided "free" garbage pickup service. The town then decides to charge each home / business a fee - say $25 for the service. And this fee would be applicable to all non-profits including churches. Then Pastor Mitchell gets a large group of people to believe that $25 is nothing more than a ploy to get churches to pay a tax. Would you join in with Pastor Mitchell? How about other services the city directly provides. Should churches help reduce the tax burden. Here in Syracuse NY, 50% of the City real property is taxed exempted due to the large number of tax exempted schools, hospitals, govt agys, churches and other non-profits. The bottom line is that tax paying citizens are in essence paying double taxes. Thoughts?