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Minister in trouble for making house calls

4 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, September 24 2014 Sep 24, 2014 September 24, 2014 9:40 PM September 24, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brittany Weiss

CENTRAL -A lien was placed on a minister's house after the city put a stop to her performing wedding ceremonies in her backyard.

"I don't think it's right, I don't think it's right," said Rhonda Anders. 

Anders, an ordained minister, had been using her backyard to perform wedding ceremonies until  October 2013.  Neighbors complained and the city issued a cease and desist order.

"I'm doing this because I want to help people, that's what I do," Anders said of what she describes as an affordable wedding service.

Since the ordeal last year, Anders has stopped performing weddings at her home and now does them elsewhere. 

Recently, the city sent her a bill for administrative costs related to a court hearing surrounding the case.  She refused to pay them and on September 8, the City of Central put a lien on her house and said she has to pay.

"When I got the letter, [I said] 'what,'" she said. "I'm like 'really, you're going to put a lien on my house now?'"

The lien says Anders will see the additional charges tacked onto her annual property taxes. But, Anders said she's not going to give up the fight.

"We're not going to pay, we refuse to pay."

"I still love it," she said about performing weddings. "I'm going to continue to do what I do because it's just my compassion and that's what I love to do."

City hall said it still receives complaints.  Mayor Jr. Shelton said Anders will have to pay, eventually.


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