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Church balks at $666 bill

  • Offers to pay extra dollar for building permit
  • 'That's the first time I've ever had anybody ask that,' inspector says
Church gets bill for $666.

A church in Kearney, Missouri, got a beast of a bill for a building permit recently: one for exactly $666, according to HLN affiliate KSHB.

The figure is regarded by some Christians as the "Number of the Beast" and associated with the Antichrist.

When Pastor Brent Toole of Crossroads Community Church saw the bill, he asked if the church could pay an extra dollar to avoid the original amount.

"I had to explain it to some people, but there were some that got it right away, understood the biblical numerology and how that was not a great number for a church," he told KSHB. 

"That's the first time I've ever had anybody ask that," said building inspector Chad Coffelt of the request to pay more.

It turns out the church doesn't actually owe anything at all -- the city often waives fees for nonprofits.

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