Rockdale County Passes Ordinance Requiring Annual Registration of All Non-Profits and Places of Worship
Rockdale County —The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to pass an ordinance; (Rockdale County Code Section 86-35) requiring all non-profit organizations, including places of worship, charitable and educational organizations, to pay a non-prorated, nonrefundable administrative fee of $10.00 to the Department of General Services and Engineering.
The legislation, initiated by Post II Commissioner JaNice Van Ness, requires annual registration and includes new and existing non-profit organizations, and places of worship.
“In our on-going efforts to be fiscally responsible and for the safety of all Rockdale citizens, I felt it necessary for the County to ensure all non-profits, and places of worship were accurately registered,” Post II Board of Commissioners, JaNice Van Ness said.
“For many reasons organizations may move to a different location or cease to exist, and the annual registration keeps entities up-to-date.”
By Code Section 1-11, organizations may be issued a citation to appear in Magistrate Court for non-compliance, and failure to register may result in up to a $1,000 fine and/or up to 60 days in jail.
“The registration provides a level playing field for all non-profit organizations, including places of worship, charitable and educational organizations, from start-up, to large scale, long-standing enterprises,” Commissioner Van Ness stated.
For more information, please call the Department of General Services and Engineering at 770-278-7100.
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