Hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars to pay for churches’ hook up fee
On June 5, 2013, the City of Cape Coral (FL) voted to subsidize ten churches* using the city’s public treasurey to pay 85% of the cost for these churches to hook up to city water and sewer; or in official language: comply with “Southwest 6&7 UEP – Special Assessment.”
Minor problem: FLORIDA CONSTITUTION
Such a government subsidy of churches is a clear violation of the Florida Constitution, specifically Article 1, Section 3:
“… No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution.”
FYI, attorneys for the Freedom From Religion Foundation are presently studying this special city funding of Cape Coral churches.
Several other national and state organizations are being contacted presently.
Please contact John Kieffer f0r more information about how you can help restore fairness to this issue:
SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE
Not just a good idea … it’s the law.
Informational Links re: Cape Coral subsidizing churches:
Special meeting June 5, 2013:
* Letter from Cape Coral churches to Mayor Sullivan and City Council members:
Editorial with short video of June 5 meeting: