Christian school sues Ore. town over utility bills

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ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- A Christian boarding school in Southern Oregon is suing over having to pay higher sewer and water bills because of its tax-exempt status.

The Roseburg News-Review newspaper (http://bit.ly/GRvVaf) reported Monday that Canyonville Christian Academy has filed a discrimination lawsuit in Douglas County Circuit Court against the city of Canyonville.

The lawsuit argues that the city has no basis for charging tax-exempt organizations such as public schools and churches twice the going rate for water and adding a surcharge for sewer service.

The school learned about the higher rates when it asked for a refund after a water pipe broke.

School officials say the overcharges amount to about $200,000 since 1988, which is as far back as its records go.

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Information from: The News-Review, http://www.nrtoday.com