Fighting mosque costing taxpayer thousands

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- A lawsuit that four people have filed challenging the approval of a mosque in Murfreesboro is costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.

The Tennessean reports Sunday that defending the suit will likely so far cost Rutherford County residents more than $75,000, and the bill is only going to get higher.

An attorney for the four confirmed to the newspaper their plans to fight the mosque through a final hearing, expected to happen sometime next year.

Rutherford County Attorney Jim Cope, whose office contracts with the county, estimates his office will already bill the county more than $75,000.

The County Commission even added an extra $50,000 to its legal budget in October in anticipation of the legal costs.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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