Markus Bishop Parsonage Issue May Still Go To Court

A Panama City Beach pastor may have to go back to court in connection with his home. Friday is the eighth anniversary of Faith Christian Family Church Pastor Markus Bishop suing Bay County and the state of Florida officials claiming his multimillion dollar home was exempt from property taxes.

Now, despite a ruling almost two weeks ago in Bishops favor, the legal battle is not over.

Circuit Judge Hentz McClelan ruled in Bishop’s favor December 7th, denying county and state motions for a summary judgment.

They had claimed that because the home, which bishop claims is his parsonage, was in a gated exclusive community, and therefore, largely inaccessible, it could not qualify as a parsonage.

One of the main defendants, Bay County Property Appraiser Dan Sowell asked for a reconsideration by the Judge. At stake is more than $400,000 in current and back property taxes due over the past 8 years.

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