The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that would grant tax breaks to private property owners who lease to churches.
The Senate approved the House-passed bill on Tuesday with a 16-14 vote. It will now go to the governor.
The bill grants property owners who lease to churches but aren't themselves religiously affiliated similar tax breaks to the ones churches get when they own property. The tax break applies only to space used for worship services.
It would affect about one half of one percent of commercial property owners, according to the Maricopa County Assessor's Office.
Still, that could cost the state between $300,000 and $2.1 million in fiscal year 2016.
Proponents say the bill helps small churches that don't yet have the income to build their own establishments.
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