Monsey, NY - Court Finds Synagogue With Rabbi's Residence Is Tax Exempt
Orange County, Monsey, NY - In the case of a Sephardic Congregation of South Monsey v. Town of Ramapo, the New York Appellate Court held that the building housing both the synagogue and the rabbi's residence qualifies for a full property tax exemption.
Reversing the trial court, the appellate court held that even though more than half of the building was used as Rabbi Arash Hakakian's residence, this use is necessary and incidental to the building's tax exempt religious purpose. Rabbi Hakakian testified that he devotes 40 to 45 hours per week to the Congregation on premises and that he is available on-call to members 24 hours per day. [religionclause]
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