Churches in Mission, Kansas are now subject to a recently enacted Transportation Utility Fee. It is calculated by the number of times a driveway is used. The money collected (which would depend on attendance, I suppose) is to be used for public works projects like street repairs. Residents with driveways pay a flat fee, and larger businesses could pay tens of thousands annually. Opponents call it a tax on churches. Backers call it a user fee.

Local and state governments are as strapped for cash as our federal government. But should the budget be balanced by taking a portion of the free will, tax deductible donations of church members which could be used to impact the lives and eternities of others? Mmmmm…

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