District of Columbia Changes Course on Church Water Rate
District of Columbia Changes Course on Church Water Rate

“D.C. officials have backed away from a proposal that would have made it easier for churches to qualify for a break on their water rates than other nonprofits, after critics said the policy could have been unconstitutional. The city is instead moving forward with a plan that would allow religious and secular nonprofits to qualify for the same discount on water rates. Opponents of the earlier measure said they were satisfied with the new approach. . . . [One city council member] wrote a letter to the D.C. water board saying the previous policy may have violated the First Amendment’s establishment clause, which limits government action that unduly favors religion” (“D.C. backs away from special water rate relief for churches,” The Washington Post).

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