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"Property" Tax

May 31, 1996

(Recorded at the County Office on June 3)

Notice of Sale
Disclaimer of Interest in Real Property

May everyone know from this notice that we, (sellers)
Have sold the real property at Hutchinson, Kansas, North America, commonly known as:

21 East 13th Avenue, the lot and dwelling owned by (seller) since 1989, a rectangular parcel 165 feet deep with 50 feet of frontage on the south side of 13th Avenue, beginning 50 feet west of Walnut Street,

And legally described by those in the State of Kansas as:

Lots 20 and 21, Block 11, Hutchinson Investment Companyís Ninth Addition to the City of Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas, according to the duly recorded plat thereof,

And have today at Hutchinson, Kansas, North America, executed and delivered under the laws of the Creator, a warranty deed conveying all the rights of lawful ownership of the above described real estate, free and clear of any liens, mortgages, or encumbrances created or suffered by us, to


Who took possession of the deed of conveyance and the property described above,

For the sum of

One ounce of silver, and other valuable consideration, which we received and recognized as full, complete, and final payment for the conveyance of the property, as evidenced by the deed which was delivered.

Therefore we disclaim and relinquish any and all present and future rights of interest in the property described above. We disclaim any real, imputed, or imagined rights to any further payment, redemption, or settlement of equitable interests related to this sale and conveyance.

June 9, 1997

To the Reno County Treasurer

At the bottom of this page is a photocopy of a "tax statement" which your office recently sent to me.

I am writing to inform you that I am not a Reno County citizen, resident, or taxpayer.

On May 31, 1996, I was granted an ownership interest in the house where I now live.  I received this ownership interest as a servant under the exclusive rule and authority of Jesus the Messiah, incorporated into his church, in the kingdom of God, outside all other sovereignties, states, kingdoms, and dominions.

May the love of God and the grace of Jesus be with everyone who reads this communication.

Sincerely,  (John Steward of Jesus)

June 10, 1997

(From the Treasurer)

In response to your recent note, see enclosed, the taxes shown due are on the property. I am required by state law, to notify the owner of record each year of the amount due, which must be paid in one or two installments, December 20 and June 20.

The county appraiser has determined that taxes are due on the property and are not subject to any exemption. If you wish to pay the taxes under protest, please complete the form enclosed and return to my office, along with payment, on or before June 20, 1997.

Once I receive the payment and protest, I will turn the matter over to the County Appraiser who will then notify you of a hearing date.

If you have any other questions, please contact me.

June 28, 1997

(To the Treasurer)

In response to your letter of June 10, regarding "tax statement" No. 4711.

I feel like a boy whose classmate said, "You must give me some of your cherries."  When the boy said he wasn't required to do so, the classmate responded, "My brother Bob says you must, because our family protects your family.  If you don't believe it, you may give me the cherries and ask my Uncle Joe to decide whether I may keep them."

Brother Bob and Uncle Joe may deserve their good reputations among family members.  But a member of another family might well consider other means of resolving inter-family matters.  If he chose to communicate with Brother Bob or Uncle Joe, it might not be as an applicant appealing for a judgment, but as a neighbor looking for a way to maintain peace and good relations.

You state in your letter that the alleged taxes are "on the property".

As confirmed by Black's Law Dictionary, "property" in the legal sense is an aggregate of rights which are guaranteed and protected by the government.

To the best of my knowledge, I have claimed no rights in Reno County, and have none.  Therefore, in the legal sense, I have no property in Reno County.  If the alleged taxes are related to rights ("property") which Reno County is (or has been) asked to protect, whoever claims (or has claimed) those rights is the affected party.

If you are willing to look for a resolution of this inter-family matter, I would hope to hear further from you, or from anyone else in your family to whom you choose to refer this matter.  Feel free to share any of our communication with them.

May you experience blessings within your political family--the County of Reno in the State of Kansas.

Desiring to be a good neighbor,  (John Steward of Jesus)

June 30, 1997

(From the Treasurer)

In response to your recent letter, I have enclosed an application for a tax exemption before the Kansas board of tax appeals. If you believe that the property you live on is exempt from tax, you will need to complete this form and return It to the County Appraiserís office.

The instructions are noted on the form. I have also enclosed state law references regarding various authority for exemption from property tax.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

July 14, 1997

(To the Treasurer)

May the peace of God be with you. 

Thank you for your letter of June 30. 

You are again suggesting that I apply for a tax exemption before the Kansas board of tax appeals.  You sent a list of Kansas statutes used as authority for exemptions.  The form you sent makes it clear that the burden is on an applicant to show that he is entitled to exemption, presumably under such statutes.

Correct me if I am not understanding correctly, but your letters seem to assume that the property rights associated with the house in which I live are within the jurisdiction of the State of Kansas.  I have been trying to inform you that they are not.  Those rights were received in the kingdom of God, outside all other sovereignties and states.  Unless the State of Kansas claims to have jurisdiction over property in the kingdom of God under the authority of Jesus Christ, it is an a priori matter that such property is outside its authority and taxing powers.

I am not asking for an exemption granted as a privilege by the State of Kansas.  I am urging you to recognize an immunity which already exists.

Please try to understand that I am under other authority, in a different kingdom, outside the State of Kansas.  Everything I am and have is in the kingdom of God,where Jesus is Lord.  Any blessings I may enjoy are outside the legislative and taxing authority of the State of Kansas because they are not created, granted, guaranteed or protected by the State of Kansas.  I receive them only by the grace of my Creator and Father in Heaven, under the exclusive rule of his Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. (Psalm 24:1, Matthew 28:18)  I am not claiming or looking for any rights, privileges, exemptions, or other blessings or acts of grace from Reno County or the State of Kansas.

I am again corresponding with you because only you have communicated with me regarding this matter.  I am instructed to settle matters with those who raise them. (Matthew 5:25, 18:15)  How you process such matters within the State of Kansas is really none of my business.  I do not wish to meddle or enter into your affairs.  Because you raised this matter with me, I hope you will help to put it to rest.

Can we be good neighbors?

With hope, (John Steward of Jesus)

December 15, 1998

(To the Treasurer)

Greetings in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ, who has been given all power and authority in heaven and on earth.

Please be reminded that I am not a Reno County citizen, resident, property owner, or claimer of benefits or privileges.  Everything I am and have is received as a steward of Jesus in the kingdom of God.  I have no legal existence in any kingdom of the world.

You have again sent me a "tax statement" with "payment instructions".  When I talked with you in June, you told me that if such "taxes" are not paid, the system of force which you represent would proceed with a "sale" for unpaid taxes.  Such a "sale" might lead someone to think he had a lawful claim on the house in which I live.  I am familiar with such claims of legalized extortion. 

It is my hope that you will realize sooner rather than later that your claims against those who are genuinely outside your system are not legitimate.  Jesus reminded Peter that the children of the king are free from taxation by other authorities. (Matthew 17)

Yet in that instance Peter was instructed to pay the alleged tax to avoid offense.  Should I feel led to pay such taxes which you allege, it will likewise be to keep peace and avoid offense, not because your claims are legitimate.

May the Spirit of Jesus bless you with wisdom and knowledge.

Your foreign neighbor, (John Steward of Jesus)

November 23, 2001

To the (new) County Treasurer

Congratulations on your election and induction by the people of Reno County to serve as their treasurer.  May you receive wisdom for your duties and experience blessings in their execution.

Recently you sent me "2001 Real Estate Tax Statement #251991" with a description of "tax due".

I am writing to call it to your attention that I am not a Reno County citizen, resident, or property owner.  I  trust that you are aware that Reno County and property within it are abstract legal creations of men, and not subdivisions of the Creator's earth.

Enclosed for your information and review are copies of correspondence which I had with your predecessor.  I reaffirm what I said in those letters.

Do you recognize that I do not owe any Reno County taxes, or will you participate in legalized extortion by continuing to make claims against someone outside your jurisdiction?

Looking forward to peaceful enjoyment together of this wonderful area of God's earth, I am

Your foreign neighbor, (John Steward of Jesus)