Leah Poole, Chamber and CVB chief, appeared with Levi Moore of the Pedrick and Company accounting firm to report on the two organizations’ progress in recovering their tax exempt status. Poole said both boards had engaged the Pedrick firm, showing, “We do take this seriously.” The Chamber and CVB tax exempt status had been allowed to lapse and the commissioners had asked for periodic information as part of an agreement to continue funding.
Moore reported that necessary documents had been filed with the Internal Revenue Service and acknowledged by the agency. The IRS is to act within 180 days, he said, “and you can count on the IRS to take every one of those 180 days.”
Poole told the commissioners of the recognition of Dorchester Academy by U.S. and Georgia civil rights trails. Midway, Atlanta and Albany are the only three Georgia sites on the national trail.
Poole was joined by the Chamber’s Erin Johnson for official signing of a proclamation of National Travel and Tourism Week in Liberty County May 6-12. According to the proclamation travelers directly generated tax revenue of $111.6 million in Liberty County, an increase of $4.5 million in just one year and the tourism industry supported 593 jobs.
The commissioners appointed McKesson Stafford to the election board vacancy left when Richard Braun resigned.
The commissioners commended workers in last year’s Summer Food Program and enacted arrangements for this year’s program. As in previous years, David Floyd will head the local operation and the Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Agency will provide the food at a cost of $3 for each meal.
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