Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
David H. Fisher, of Fisher, Patterson, Sayler and Smith, of Topeka, and E. Gene McKinney, of Marshall, Hawks, McKinney and Hundley, of Topeka, argued the cause and were on the brief for the appellant.
Robert D. Hecht, of Scott, Quinlan, Hecht and Baxter, of Topeka, argued the cause and was on the brief for the appellees.
Emmet A. Blaes and J. Francis Hesse, of Jochems, Sargent and Blaes, of Wichita, were on the brief for The Kansas Catholic Conference, amici curiae.
Ralph F. Glenn, of Glenn, Cornish and Leuenberger, of Topeka, was on the brief for The Kansas Christian Churches and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, amicus curiae.
Supreme Court of Kansas.
The opinion of the court was delivered by
This is an action to recover taxes paid under protest on the administrative office building of the United Methodist Church in Kansas located in Topeka. The trial court denied relief and appeal has been duly perfected.
The underlying question is whether the church property in question is exempt from taxation under Article 11, Section 1 of the Kansas constitution and K.S.A. 79-201, Third.
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