A city divided over Scientology for nearly 40 years weighs a fresh start - 2013-11-17

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F7.png A city divided over Scientology for nearly 40 years weighs a fresh start November 17, 2013, Joe Childs, Tampa Bay Times

The church did make a recent public relations push. At an October meeting of the Clearwater Neighborhoods Coalition, church spokeswoman Pat Harney said the church pays more than $2 million each year in property and hotel bed taxes. It owns nearly 70 parcels in Pinellas County, mostly in Clearwater, valued by the county property appraiser at more than $139 million - about 80 percent of it exempt from taxation, according to county records.


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