- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Supreme Court is set to hear a Durham church’s appeal regarding taxes paid for the leasing of parking spaces to University of New Hampshire students.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/2a908ZN ) St. George’s Episcopal Church appealed to the high court after a Strafford County judge ruled that the church was obligated to pay a property tax to the town.

Church officials say they’ve been leasing parking spaces to UNH students since 1998 and the town had never levied a tax on the church before. But in 2013, Durham Tax Assessor Jim Rice issued a property tax bill to the church.

Judge Steven Houran found that because the leased spaces weren’t used for religious purposes, they didn’t qualify for a tax exemption.

Oral arguments will begin on Sept. 14.

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Information from: Foster’s Daily Democrat, https://www.fosters.com

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