Plundering the Faithful

Polygamists continue to pipe big money to their fugitive prophet as their towns face financial ruin

For the past six decades, FLDS leaders collected money from church members living on UEP land to pay property taxes. Church elders at first pushed a wheelbarrow along streets, and FLDS members tossed cash into it to cover the taxes on the land and homes they did not own.

Former FLDS members say the church ordered members last fall to contribute funds that were supposedly earmarked to pay the property taxes. It is unknown how much money was raised and where that money wound up.

Many believe, however, that it went toward supporting Jeffs' expenses on the run and toward construction of the Texas temple.

Wisan says his dealings with the FLDS have been sobering.

"I have drawn a line in the sand, and I don't want to be pushed around anymore," he says.

Wisan says he has told FLDS officials that if they do not pay their property taxes by 2007, he will begin eviction proceedings. While he would like to begin legal action immediately, Wisan says he must first create new property ownership maps in each town so that every house is attached to an individual lot.

Now, UEP parcels may include a dozen homes on very large lots, making it impossible to tell individual residents how much property tax they owe.

"I want to present to every household the opportunity to rectify the tax delinquency," he says. Those who pay their property taxes in full will be given the opportunity to remain in the homes owned by the trust.

Wisan held a community meeting in November, and urged Colorado City and Hildale residents to set aside funds for 2005, 2006 and 2007 property taxes and be ready to pay them in the future once the property map survey has been completed. Only a handful of FLDS members attended the meeting at the Hildale Town Hall.

"They may be thinking the end is near," Wisan says, in reference to repeated prophecies by Warren Jeffs that the world will soon be destroyed. But when that doesn't come to pass, he says, those who don't have money set aside can be tossed out of their houses.

Such an effort could lead to a dangerous confrontation, law enforcement authorities fear. Residents already are constructing large walls made from block, steel, wood and stone around the perimeter of their residential lots and posting "no trespassing" signs on land they do not own.

There also are clear indications that the FLDS has members who are adept at building powerful explosive devices and are willing to use them. In late November, several juveniles constructed three powerful pipe bombs and used one to destroy a bulldozer rented by a non-FLDS member to level a dirt-bike track, according to a Colorado City police report.

Unless the world does suddenly end, FLDS members in Colorado City and Hildale could face three difficult choices:

Defy their fugitive religious leader and pay property taxes to remain in their homes. Abandon the community they and their forefathers helped build and set off with their large families to Texas and elsewhere. Or refuse to pay property taxes or leave when authorities attempt to evict.


Hildale Mayor David Zitting laments the days gone by when most everyone in the community got along.

Zitting, who will mark his 20th year in office in January, says there was a long period when living on UEP trust land and strictly adhering to the commands of FLDS religious leaders was a spiritual utopia.

"This community was a very beautiful community at one time," he says. "There was nothing like it in America. It was a place where people were living in a peaceful, united way."

But unity came at a high cost.

Hildale, like neighboring Colorado City, has always been a town where dissent is forbidden and all political decisions are ultimately made by religious leaders. Men in community leadership positions, such as mayor, cannot win elected posts without church approval.

"The moment this becomes a political battle is the moment I don't want to be involved in it," Zitting says. "I don't see this as a political position."

And why should he?

During last month's election, only 100 votes were cast for mayor in Hildale, population about 2,000, and he got all of them.

"It was a lower turnout than usual," Zitting says, as if that were the unusual aspect of the election.

One of three election judges overseeing the votes was a woman who, Zitting says, shares his household, which is a polite way of saying she is a plural wife.

Asked if he thought it was proper to have Eyvonne B. Zitting sit as an election judge in a race in which he was a candidate, the mayor noted that almost everybody in Colorado City and Hildale is family and that she was one of a handful of people qualified to serve as judge.

It is not as if Zitting was the only candidate who had a spouse judging the election. Patricia Jessop also sat as an election judge and shares a household with Hildale Councilman Dan C. Jessop, who, of course, also won reelection.

Such blatant conflicts would cause a firestorm of protest in most communities, and the election results would probably be voided. But these anomalies are a fact of life in the fundamentalist towns.

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2)NO, AS 911 ALONE AS WELL AS ACTIONS IMPOSED AGAINST WHITES IN USA (as well worldwide) ARE CLEARLY INDICATING ACTS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITE HUMANITY

3)YESS AS JUST YESTERDAY(for over 15 years to very yesterday), WE (news/media = vacuum world of lies) WERE TELLING YOU THAT UNEMPLOYMENT WAS AT 10% WHILE TODAY ONE IS AT 50% (HOW COME NO ONE QUESTION JOURNALISM LIKE THIS OR WHAT IS WORLD OF LIES AND DEMENTIA)!

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