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Faith West development draws opposition

The mayor of West Lafayette says the decision to issue bonds for a project along Northwestern Avenue does not cross the line between separation of church and state.

John Dennis says the money generated from the bonds will not support any of the religious activities that take place at Faith West.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation is objecting to the arrangement.

The organization is also expressing concern that the mixed-use development will be given a property tax exemption.

But Dennis says the revenue-generating portions of the development will be subject to property taxes.

He says West Lafayette is issuing the bonds, but has no financial obligation. 

Dennis says the move is done to help Faith receive a better interest rate by going through a government entity.

Residents can learn more about the project, and express their opinions, at a public hearing this Thursday.

It will take place at noon at City Hall during the city’s economic development commission meeting.