Jan 28, 2016 1:36 PM
Members work to restore Grafton church amid tax payment deadline
The Associated Press
GRAFTON — Plans to restore a more than 200-year-old church that was damaged in a fatal fire in Grafton could be complicated by a tax dispute involving town officials.
The Jan. 12 fire severely damaged the Peaceful Assembly Church and killed 57-year-old John Connell, pastor and founder.
The Valley News reports the church has a Feb. 8 deadline to pay $6,000 in taxes or the town could confiscate the property for a non-payment of nearly $14,000.
The bill stems from a years-long battle with the town over its religious tax exemption. Town officials have denied the church's applications for exemption, arguing that its lack of affiliation with a denomination disqualifies it.
Dave Kopacz, chairman of the church's Board of Directors, plans to pay the bill but still doesn't accept the town's decision.