Churches' tax-exempt status being scrutinized - 1987-08-14
Craig blamed Schultz's attitude on the property appraiser's long-running battle with the Church of Scientology in Clearwater. Each year since 1982, the Scientologists have sought an exemption and Schultz has denied it.
Schultz said Craig's statement is partly true.
"The Church of Scientology of California Inc. was the first instance in my term of office where I found an institution calling itself a church that the courts agreed was not a not-for-profit institution," he said. After that 1981 case, he said, "I instituted subjecting all corporations to that scrutiny."