A city church that overlooks Chickawaukie Pond has lost its bids to reduce its property taxes.

The Rockland Board of Assessment Review voted 3-2 Tuesday night, May 17 to reject an appeal by Aldersgate United Methodist Church of the tax assessment on 5.2 acres adjacent to its church. The property is assessed at $125,800 and the church appealed that assessment asking that it be completely exempted.

That parcel cost the church $2,290 in taxes this year.

On April 19, the assessment review board voted unanimously to reject an abatement request of the church for land where its former parsonage sits, also adjacent to the church. That property consists of 1.65 acres with a 1,588-square-foot building that is rented out by the church.

The church had sought to reduce that assessment by $76,700 from $246,700 to $170,000. That would have reduced the tax bill on that parcel by $1,396, from $4,490 to $3,094.

State law exempts churches from taxation but only on the building and land it sits on.

The church’s total tax on its properties is $6,780. The church building and the 7.3 acres it sits on are fully exempt by the city.

The Rev. Jacquelyn Brannen said the congregation is considering its options, which include an appeal to court and sale of property.

Brannen said the church got the property to do God’s work and the members are still trying to determine what that purpose is. The reverend said the taxation by the city is both unfair and immoral. She said she prays that they will consider doing the right thing.

Aldersgate has 100 members in the congregation with 40 to 50 who regularly attend worship services.

The church was erected in 1996, moving from the former Pratt Memorial Methodist Church on Union Street in Rockland that now houses the Wyeth Center.

The church hired an appraiser, Stanley Paton of Waldoboro, who argued last month that the parsonage property was assessed too high.

In Rockland, 13 churches own a total of $11.7 million in property in Rockland that is exempt from property taxes.

Some churches pay taxes on additional property. The Roman Catholic Church pays $5,681 on property adjacent to its Broadway church valued at $312,200.

The Rockland Congregational Church pays $2,151 on land next to its church that is valued at $118,200.

The Adas Yoshuron Synagogue voluntarily pays the city annually in lieu of taxes. Last year it paid the city $400. The First Universalist Unitarian Church paid $390 this year to the city as a voluntary payment.