Church Property Tax Exemption
Under the state constitution, property that is used solely and exclusively for religious worship is exempt from property tax, unless otherwise provided by general law. By statute, the property must be owned and used solely and exclusively for religious purposes to qualify for the exemption. The bill eliminates the ownership requirement, which is not expressly included in the state constitution, so that a property leased to a church or other organization that uses it solely and exclusively for religious purposes is exempt from property tax.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)