Come on Saddlebag? You really can't see where the money goes?
I don't know about property taxes where you are, but I am relatively certain a church pays property taxes where I live.
Electricity, water, maintenance, publishing, salaries, schools, retirement, just to name a few of the big money items.
how do you think a church pays for itself without donations?
Its just like a club, if you want to join the club, you pay your dues. You have no interest in joining this club, big deal, I don't really care, buy what is your point on bad mouthing this "club"? It makes you no better than the "Bible thumping, faith pushers" you dislike so much.