County would save $1,080 by not paying membership dues to chamber of commerce, chamber director asks for reconsideration
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
In an effort to hold the line on expenditures for the current budget year, the Seward County Commission chose to not participate in the annual dues and membership for several organizations.
One of those was the Liberal Chamber of Commerce, and while no decision was made Tuesday, the county is looking at not approving the renewal of its dues for 2011. Those dues would be in the amount of $1,080.
Chamber director Rozelle Webb sent a memo to the commission requesting the county continue its membership.
“We consider Seward County to be a valued member, a partner who has the same goals as ours – making Seward County a better place to live and work,” she said. “Your membership indicates your support for our organization.”
Webb said in turn, the Chamber promotes Seward County to prospective businesses and employees and lobbies for legislative issues. These, she said, benefit the county and Southwest Kansas, as well as support local businesses through many programs the Chamber offers.
“We ask that you reconsider the impact your investment of $1,080 makes to the chamber and to our community,” Webb said.
The commission voted to table the approval of the renewal of dues, as three new members, Ada Linenbroker, Doug Lafreniere and Randy Malin, came on board Tuesday. The issue will be revisited at the commission’s next meeting on Feb. 7.
In another memo, county administrator Mary Bloomer said the commission was also looking at not renewing dues and membership in the Kansas Legislative Policy Group ($6,685), the Southwest Passage Initiative for Regional and Interstate Transportation ($2,310), Coronado Crossing ($200) and the Kansas Association of Counties County Commission Association ($420),
The commission did, however, renew its membership for the Kansas Association of Counties ($5,307), and Bloomer said the board intends to renew the county’s membership for the Southwest Kansas Association of Counties ($100).
“A huge benefit of the renewal for (KAC) was their steadfastness in providing our county legislative information, and they advocate on behalf of the counties,” she said. “The SW KAC was renewed because our county is the designated host of the SW annual event in October.”