Kansas Town Slaps Churches With Driveway Tax

03.04.11 | Sarah Harnisch

 The town of Mission, Kansas is taxing churches based on their attendance. In August, the small town just north of Kansas City passed the so-called "Driveway Tax"-- which, in addition to property taxes, is based on the number of times their driveway is used. A big box store like target pays 60-thousand dollars annually, while homeowners pay a flat rate of 72-dollars a year. The purpose is for road repair. But the city is also charging churches. The baptist church forks over 900-dollars a year, while the more popular Saint Pius church is charged 1700-dollars a year. Now, both churches are being represented by the Alliance Defense fund. The city insists these are not taxes-- but fees for services. A.D.F. calls the revenue program a "tax on church attendance"-- and completely unconstitutional.