San Francisco, Church At Odds Over Big Tax Bill

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A tax dispute between San Francisco
officials and the Archdiocese of San Francisco could end up costing
the church millions of dollars.

San Francisco says the church owes the city $15 million in taxes
over the transfer of more than 200 properties it owns between three
separate Catholic nonprofit organizations.

Church officials say the transfers should be exempt from property taxes because the archdiocese is simply transferring the properties as part of a restructuring.

But San Francisco Recorder Phil Ting says even though the archdiocese is not actually selling any properties, the tax still applies.

The church is appealing the bill, suggesting it's being unfairly

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