### 5.3 Property Tax

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• Math Help

To find the estimate of \$176 billion in Example 5, solve the equation

Begin by writing 70% as 0.7, \$410 billion as 410,000,000,000, and letting T be the total property tax. Then solve for T.

So, the lost revenue is about \$586,000,000,000.

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• Checkpoint Solution

I think that allowing religious organizations to be exempt from property tax is a violation of the first amendment. A church is just another type of club, but it gets special treatment due to its religious nature. Churches can be enormously profitable and the only benefits they provide are to their own members. In order for any other organization to gain tax-exempt status, they must adhere to rules and regulations, declare their income, and prove their worth to society as a whole.

It is wrong to offer benefits to religious institutions because it assumes that all religious institutions benefit society by merely existing. Churches do not need to perform any service at all in order to get these massive exemptions; they merely need to declare themselves religious to be tax-free, which puts a larger tax burden on non-members.

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