Nuns, Cape May Co. town in tax battle

June 12, 2009 5:11:20 AM PDT
An order of nuns is battling a Jersey shore community over taxes on their $6 million property.

The Sisters of Saint Joseph have owned three buildings overlooking the ocean in Cape May Point for a century. There are a total of 160 bedrooms in the homes.

The sisters pay about $30,000 a year in property taxes. But they say they should be exempt since the use of the home changed in 2004.

Instead of being a vacation spot, it's now used for religious retreats.

The Chestnut Hill, Pa.-based order says that use is tax exempt.

But town officials say they can't afford to lose the revenue and some of the retreats sound a lot like vacations.

The county tax board is considering the case.

Information from: The Press of Atlantic City, http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

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