State Budget May Not Allow Property Tax Exemptions for Some Organizations
Updated: Tuesday, April 16 2013, 01:30 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (AP) -- The Ohio House has slipped a provision into the state budget exempting fraternal organizations at least a century old from property taxes.
Legislative analysts estimate the tax break for groups including the Masons, Odd Fellows and Knights of Columbus would cost school districts and local governments $4.8 million.
Veterans' groups don't appear to be covered.
The House Finance Committee was making final changes to the two-year, $61.4 billion spending blueprint Tuesday.
The full House could vote Thursday.
The website of the Masons' Grand Lodge of Ohio attributes the amendment to House Speaker William Batchelder, a Medina Republican.
They identify "Brother Batchelder" as an active member and say the tax break would allow more money to be spent on charity statewide.
A message seeking comment was left with Batchelder's spokesman.
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