Battle between Bridgeport and local mission comes to an end

The three-year battle between the City of Bridgeport and the Bridgeport Rescue Mission is about to come to an end. The mission had taken the city to court, arguing that it shouldn't have to pay taxes because it provides free temporary housing and other services to people in need. The court, however, ruled in the city's favor. Now, unable to pay the nearly $300,000 in taxes it owes, the mission will go to the city. But due to an agreement between the city and the mission, they may be able to keep their doors open.Once the city forecloses on the property, it will be sold back to the mission for $40,000, which the mission must now raise. The mission is now asking the community to pitch in, saying that even the smallest donations could make a difference. Bridgeport has more than 140,000 residents, and the mission is hoping the community will pull together to help it survive.The mission has until June 30, 2004 to come up with the money.

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