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Clerical error makes Chamber for profit
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The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has issued a certificate that the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce, Inc., is a domestic non-profit corporation and has been since 2007.

The Liberty County Commission’s agenda for Thursday includes a report from county attorney Kelly Davis on contributions to tax exempt organizations.

Hinesville attorney Joel Osteen explained that the documents setting up the chamber in 2007 clearly specified that it was a nonprofit organization and said that an apparent clerical error in the Secretary of State’s Office had caused it to be listed as a for-profit corporation.

The corrected certificate was available online Tuesday.

The chamber’s articles of incorporation approved in 2007 show that its purpose is to comply with section 501 (c) (6) of the Internal Revenue Service and its regulations. According to the IRS, chambers of commerce, business leagues and similar organizations are governed by that section rather than Section 501 (c) (3) which is used by other nonprofit entities.

Davis will also report Thursday on a question asked by commissioners about the terms of the boards they appoint. Members of the recreation board now serve six-year terms which are longer than the terms of any other appointed board and are longer than the staggered four-year terms of the commissioners.

Other items on Thursday’s agenda include formal adoption of  the county’s almost $30 million annual budget, down about $400,000 from the previous budget.

The commissioners will also discuss the Liberty County Youth Initiative and hold a closed-door session to discuss a personnel matter.

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