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Agriculturalist wants religious houses pay real estate tax

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A Liberian agriculturalist from Bong Mines, lower Bong County has stressed the need for owners of churches and mosques operating in the country to pay real estate property tax to the Government of Liberia (GoL) for their infrastructure.

43 – year-old farmer David Kerkulah Flomo made the assertion Tuesday, 19 August when he called in on a local radio talk-show in Monrovia.
Flomo claims that he has been engaged in rubber production in lower Bong County for the past 20 years.
Flomo notes that the Church and Mosque are collecting money from their membership on a regular basis, but he accuses them of allegedly declining to pay tax to government.

According to Flomo, Liberia continues to witness the proliferation of Churches and Mosques everywhere in the country because there is no written law that compel the religious houses to pay taxes like any other entity that are generating income.

He complains that Churches and Mosques continue to enjoy duty free and other privileges from the government in spite of the need for money by the government to develop the country.
“Churches and mosques have sufficient money that they can use to cater to the destitute and underprivileged people who have nowhere to get money from to sustain they are their family because they are physically challenged”, he notes.

He says the country continues to witness the construction of numerous Churches and Mosques with no significant financial contribution made to support government’s development programs.
Flomo accuses religious leaders of being in serious confusion due to alleged love of money, rather than concentrating on preaching the message of God.

Meanwhile, several callers on the talk-show described Mr. Flomo’s statement as unfortunate and openly challenged him to prove that religious institutions operating in the country were not making contribution to government development initiatives.

By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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