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Government lawyers watching Glebe case

glebeA Baptist-run retirement home in the Roanoke suburbs is the focus of a property tax case argued today before the Supreme Court of Virginia.

As reported by The Roanoke Times, local government leaders say the high court’s decision on The Glebe could affect how similar church-controlled institutions are taxed.

Botetourt County argues that religion plays only a small role at the upscale retirement home, and that charity is absent from its fee schedule.  The Glebe claims that state law recognizes retirement homes as part of a church’s mission by granting tax exemption.

By Peter Vieth

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