Kentucky pays Noah’s ark attorney fees in tax break suit

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky is paying $190,000 in attorney fees to the Christian group that won a tourism tax benefit for a Noah’s ark attraction that will open soon in central Kentucky.

The state was on the losing side of a federal ruling in January that awarded a tourism sales tax incentive to the Ark Encounter worth up to $18 million. Officials under former Gov. Steve Beshear rejected the project’s application in 2014 for the tax benefit, saying state tourism funds “cannot be used to fund religious indoctrination.”

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The Christian group building the ark, Answers in Genesis, challenged that decision in federal court and won. The ark opens to tourists July 7.

A federal court filing last month ordered the state’s tourism cabinet to send a check for $190,000 within 20 days.

 

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.