- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill allowing property tax breaks for buildings leased by churches.

The bill by Darin Mitchell of Litchfield Park gives churches leasing space the same type of tax break churches which own their own buildings receive. Building owners are expected to pass their savings on to their tenants.

Democrats say it gives churches lower rates the Legislature doesn’t offer to other nonprofits, such as domestic violence shelters.

Republicans embraced the bill championed by the Center for Arizona Policy.

The costs will be passed on to other property owners in each county.

Ducey signed House Bill 2128 on Monday.

The same proposal was vetoed by then-Gov. Jan Brewer last year.

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