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PoPville March 1, 2016 at 3:49 pm

Is this legal?

Can a church legally earn revenue by having cell phone towers on its roof? I thought churches were exempt from taxes so that’s why they rely on donations. This is Lincoln Park Methodist. (photo attached)

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Caveat: I’m not a lawyer. Yes, I’ve seen a number of churches who rent out their bell tower to cell phone companies to use as arrays. You’re confusing non profit with non revenue generating. Non profits are allowed to make revenue, just not profit. Your church likely charges a service fee for weddings and funerals to cover the costs for heating or AC, as well as the staff time. It’s functionally the same thing as renting out the roof for cell towers, from a bookkeeping standpoint.

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