Property Appraiser Will No Longer Pursue Controversial Pastor and Back Taxes
September 5, 2013 Channel 7 Whjg.com
PANAMA CITY BEACH - A nearly 9-year-old battle between controversial pastor Markus Bishop and the Bay County Property Appraiser's office is over.
Dan Sowell says he will not appeal the latest ruling that finds Bishop's multi-million dollar home, which is located in The Preserve, a gated community in Panama City Beach, is a parsonage and therefore exempt from property taxes.
Bishop, who was the pastor of the now defunct Faith Christian Family Church, first sued the property appraiser's office in December 2004. Since then, Faith Christian went under and the bank foreclosed on the church and surrounding property.
The battle over the parsonage and property taxes waged on, despite the church being defunct. A local circuit judge twice ruled in Bishop's favor.