Help us with property tax appeal

$438 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 37 months
Jeffrey Adams
for G W Adams Educational Center
We are currently involved in a property tax exemption appeal.  As a 501 (c)(3) organization we should be tax exempt.  The state of Ohio will not recognize that we do educational outreach and have considered us "unworthy" of an exemption.  We are currently involved in an appeal before the Board of Tax Appeals.  Donations will be used to help with this appeal and offset expenses due to the appeal process.   There is far more at stake here than ghost hunting or the future of the Adams Center. What is at stake is the state of Ohio dictating what tax exempt, not for profit organizations are allowed to do to raise funds. The state is not only putting us under a microscope because of ghost hunting but also because we allowed filming at the mansion. They are also challenging churches which use their buildings once a week for worship but then rent the buildings out to raise funds for the church other days of the week. The same is true for American Legion and VFW posts who lease or rent their halls to raise money for their charities. Dinners and catering at non profit locations as well as many other fundraising efforts will and have come under fire from the state.

When it comes to ghost hunting what has happened to us was inevitable. At some point another not for profit would have been formed for another historic site in Ohio. They would have applied for and been denied the property tax exemption. They would have fought the state as we are and this entire situation would have occurred anyway. To all of the other nonprofits out there who use ghost hunting to raise funds we wish you only the best and continued success. Is it possible that a bad outcome for the Adams Center could affect their hunts? Yes. We are truly saddened by this but as stated it was inevitable this would happen at some point with a state government obsessed with taxes and burdened by billions of dollars in debt. Ultimately what is at issue here is the future of non profit organizations in Ohio. If nonprofits are not permitted to raise funds in a manner that works for them they will begin to fold and become extinct in the state. If you are an Ohio not for profit you should be worried about this case. Please realize though it was not and is not our intention to harm you or your efforts and we hope you will pay attention to this case and stand behind us in our struggle. Thank you.
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As somewhat expected we were denied by the Board of Tax Appeals. They generally rule in favor of the Tax Commissioner (might have to do with the fact they work for him). We have filed suit in the Supreme Court of Ohio and are in the brief phase. It could still be some time before we receive the actual hearing before the justices. The Supreme Court has a better track record of siding with not for profits. Many cases are overturned by the SC and the state thereby ordered to enact an exemption. We will fight what we feel is this gross injustice till the end of the process and look forward to a favorable outcome for the Center. Thank you all!!!!
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We had our hearing before the Examiner for the BTA. Now the case goes to the actual Board for a vote. Post hearing briefs and counter briefs are due in August. It will probably not be until the end of the year before we hear back on the appeal. If things go well we are all set. If not we will file before the Supreme Court of Ohio with our attorney.
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The evidence package for the tax appeal case has been submitted. It is about 300 pages of examples of other not for profits which operate ghost hunting as fund raising as well as hosting filming and having live in caretakers. Although the hearing is set for April we expect the Attorney General will likely file for a continuance to set the hearing date back. They will likely need some time to assimilate and study the evidence package. The evidence also includes depositions from many of you, thank you! Of course we also expect they will file a motion to dismiss which is almost standard operating procedure. We would, in that case, file a motion to affirm. Been down this road before with the first appeal we supposedly "won." We will keep everyone posted as the case progresses.
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$190 so far. A good start. Thanks everyone who has donated thus far. If everyone who hunts here would donate just $10 we could get to the goal in no time. We intend to beat the state and stick around for hunts for a long time. Cheers all!
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$438 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 37 months
Created February 10, 2015
Funds raised will benefit:
G W Adams Educational Center
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Trinway, OH
EIN: 830417311
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Patrick Jankowiak
23 months ago

I stayed at Prospect Place in 2010 and I'm happy to support its cause.

Kyle W Baker
32 months ago

I would love to see this mansion in person, planning to make a trip down and see it in October if things go okay!

Cody Morgan
37 months ago

George is an awesome guy working hard to preserve an amazing piece of haunted history!

Lisa Lamrock
37 months ago

SPIRS of Texas

Chris Norton
37 months ago

This is for my homie Mike Redding and anyone else who has an interest in the building. I hope it helps and God bless

37 months ago
Mike redding
37 months ago

I love you guys I am sending my supporters in the coming days

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