The fact that the tax exempt status was revoked is a signal that the local churches do not have the funds to hire local counsel and tax professionals to avoid these types of problems.
I find it very disturbing that so many of these Ideal Org buildings are either being left to deteriorate, or being lost in one way or another. As much as I'd like to be jubilant about the scientologists not having the money to maintain and keep these buildings, something about this bothers me. Certainly there is enough money in the coffers to pay up and avoid losing these buildings. Why would DM allow this to happen to these buildings? Surely if the plan were to hold and sell, as some think, he wouldn't let them rot like they are. Is there some kind of money laundering scheme going on? What could be the game here? Atlanta: deteriorating while it waits out the RLUIPA processNew Haven: being foreclosed on for property taxesNorthumbria: sat deteriorating, was about to be sold, or had been, then burnedSan Diego: left deteriorating, now up for sale (as of March 2011)Boston: Demolished in April, after being declared "structurally unsound" by the city. Supposedly to be rebuilt. http://southend.patch.com/articles/photo-gallery-ivory-bean-building-demolished#photo-5756030Something about Plymouth and Salt Lake City but I don't have time to search for what right now.These are "islands of sanity"?!?
Sorry for the misinformation in my previous posts. I based that post on the pleadings and my conversations with the city's attorney who told me that the church had failed to file the necessary paperwork to continue the exemption. I assumed it was the four year form-not the proof that construction was ongoing.
Kudos to the city assessors and building inspectors for following through on this. In many cases, this type of thing falls through the cracks and nothing is done for years. The clam's attorney, Nick Mingione, is proving to be quite an ass clown.
Thanks for the reporting, skydog!I don't know how much they may owe to various other parties, but the value is almost certainly more than enough to pay the $65,000 in taxes, considering that they bought it for $1.5 million in 2003. Is there any way to know how much they owe Webster Bank and the water dept?
Nicholas Mingione: B.S. Western New England College, 2003; J.D. Western New England College School of Law, 2006. Nicholas concentrates in the areas of Foreclosure, Real Estate, Including Residential and Commercial Closings, Business Trust, Estate Planning, Corporations, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Contracts, Land Use, Planning and Zoning.
City and state officials help Scientologist Joanie Sigal kick off the church’s 11th annual Winter Wonderland carnival in downtown Clearwater. Seated, from left, are Clearwater Council Member Hoyt Hamilton, state Sen. Mike Fasano, Clearwater City Manager Bill Horne and Aaron McGlon, Clearwater Area Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs.