Kentucky ministry asks judge to give back lost tax incentive

The Christian ministry suing Kentucky officials over a lost tax incentive is asking a federal judge to force the state to allow the group back in to the sales tax rebate program while its lawsuit proceeds.

The tax incentive was meant for the Ark Encounter, a theme park planned around a 500-foot-long wooden ark modeled after the Bible’s story of Noah. State officials told Answers in Genesis in December that the project’s mission has changed from tourist attraction to ministry and denied the application.

The group filed a motion seeking an injunction on Monday. Answers in Genesis has argued that its application for about $18 million in sales tax rebates should be treated the same as a non-religious applicant.

The lawsuit was filed in February. State officials have not commented on the legal action.

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