AP mistaken in winery story | TheUnion.com

AP mistaken in winery story

In a story written by the Associated Press that ran on the front page of The Union on Aug. 20 about a winery run by a spiritual community in Yuba County, the AP reported erroneously that the county proved Fellowship of Friends was not a nonprofit organization.

Fellowship of Friends has been a nonprofit organization since 1971, and has not lost its nonprofit status. The Fellowship had applied for a property tax exemption based on its nonprofit status, but was turned down by Yuba County because the property also houses the Renaissance Vineyard and Winery, a for-profit business.

The AP also reported a county supervisor’s erroneous statement that the Fellowship owed $2 million in taxes. The Fellowship and the Renaissance Vineyard and Winery have repaid the taxes, according to James Kennedy, Yuba County’s tax collector.

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