Taxing or adding fees upon fees for nonprofits can be self-defeating, especially where schools may be charged, as in Houston. The school district may have to lay off up to 70 teachers to pay its $3 million to $4 million a year drainage fees. They are people who contribute to the city's economic well-being through their own property taxes and volunteer their time to improve their community. It amounts to a transfer of the tax burden from city property owners to the school district. City taxpayers being asked to pay more for city services will have to pay higher school taxes to pay the same "drainage fee."
Churches are also fighting the fees and taxes. Tim Delaney, chief executive of the National Council of Nonprofits, said, "Governments are taking their public burdens and putting them on the backs of nonprofits at a time when the demand for our services is skyrocketing."