In re: Exempting Religious Organizations from Assessment Fees (S.4411-Ortt/A.3944-Ceretto)

Bill S.4411 (Ortt)/A.3944 (Ceretto) would make tax-exempt religious organizations exempt from temporary state energy and utility service conservation assessment fees (also known as 18-a surcharges). This bill would make it unlawful for utility companies to recoup these fees from tax-exempt religious organizations. NYCF supports this legislation because it would remove a financial burden from churches, freeing up resources to be used for the public good. The services performed by religious organizations in and for their communities outweigh the government’s interest in obtaining the small portion of the assessment attributable to utility revenues paid by such organizations.