Re: BSA Troop Finance Problem
Tue, 25 Apr 1995 12:24:46 PDT
Many people have correctly pointed out that the troop belongs the chartered
organization and has no right to complain on beeing taxed.
However, this is not quite the point, but: The donor does not "belong" the
chartered organization. The donor made a contribution for a designated
cause and has a right that his contribution is used for that cause or else
returned. As a donor I would feel deceived if my donation would not be
used for the intended purpose. Since I'm not a lawyer I don't know whether
this constitutes fraud or not.
On the other side, a chartered organization which pays for lots of other
expenses of a unit isn't evil if it reduces its contribution when there are
sources of income.
Since in this case the donor is also a leader, I think the precise law is not
the real question. The real question is whether that person thinks he can
find peace with the chartered organization. If you don't want to simply
accept it, talk over it with the chartered organization rep. But I fear
you don't have any stronger argument then to offer services to an other
unit if you can't find an compromise. I probably wouldn't do that as
my loyality goes more with boys then with the chartered organization.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City