Exploring Pagans and their relationship with that earthiest of earth symbols, money.
Call for contributions to Maetreum of Cybele's continuing tax exemption fight
The Maetreum of Cybele is seeking donations to fund its continuing legal fight to have its tax-exempt status recognized by the Town of Catskill. I was in court when a panel of appellate judges (New York's second-highest jurists) heard testimony which led to a ruling in the Maetreum's favor, one which was covered by the likes of Forbes and the New York Law Journal.
Like many small towns in this state, Catskill is apparently loathe to take a property off the tax rolls. Both state and federal governments continue to heap unfunded mandates on local municipalities, which must also manage rising health-care costs and a tax cap which ensures that the revenue will never keep up with the costs without cutting what the law will allow, such as programs for senior citizens and other "discretionary" expenses.
Perhaps that is why Catskill is appealing -- despite the fact that their legal bill is likely to be significant either way. The Maetreum of Cybele is looking to raise $15,000 for its defense, and I can't imagine the town will spend much less for their part. Details on how to support the cause can be found on the group's Facebook page.
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