Scientology sect ordered to comply with county audit - 1987-02-05
The Church of Scientology has to turn over documents the county property appraiser wants to see, but the sect doesn't have to give the names of its members, a circuit judge has ruled.
The decision from Judge Crockett Farnell is part of the ongoing battle over whether the Scientologists are a religious, nonprofit organization exempt from paying taxes.
The church has filed lawsuits every year since 1982, challenging that year's county levy.
On Tuesday, Farnell ordered the church to comply with Property Appraiser Ron Schultz's request to see insurance policies covering the organization's property and members, leases for property, copies of all bank statements and copies of directives from the "mother church" or "watchdog committees."