Local pastors demand tax exemption, claiming many churches are at risk of foreclosure

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Local pastors held a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 26, demanding tax exemption status.

They say many churches are at risk of foreclosure because they can't afford to pay taxes.

For the churches that are financially stable, pastors say the taxes take away a significant amount of money that would go towards helping the community.

"Jesus told us to feed the hungry," said Rev. Martin Childs, of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church. "How can we feed the hungry when we're feeding City Hall? We were called to give clothing and shelter to those that are homeless. How can we give clothing and shelter to the homeless when the city is taking away our buildings and we end up homeless?"

The Milwaukee Assessor's Office says they're unaware of any church foreclosures. 

We've reached out to the city for a response, but have yet to hear back.

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