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Floresville Parks Foundation back to square one
Douglas Jones, president of the Floresville Parks Foundation, addresses audience members during the June 27 Floresville City Council meeting.
FLORESVILLE -- The Floresville Parks Foundation is in the beginning stages of a “start-over plan” after learning that the organization has operated without corporate privileges since 2011.
The committee’s president, Douglas Jones, addressed the Floresville City Council at its June 27 meeting under an agenda item related to providing an update about the foundation. Jones said that on June 3, the committee learned that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had revoked the organization’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
Nine days later, Jones said attorney Chris Hugg of the Law Offices of Louis T. Rosenberg received correspondence from the state comptroller’s office indicating that the foundation forfeited its corporate privileges Oct. 7, 2011, for failure to satisfy franchise tax requirements and that its business registration with the Secretary of State’s office was forfeited Feb. 10, 2012.
Jones also said that on Nov. 7, 2012, a collection agency notified city Comptroller Lara Feagins that the foundation had delinquent taxes totaling $1,431.08. It also has been revealed that the foundation never has filed a Form 990 -- a return for tax-exempt organizations -- with the IRS.
Part of the mix-up came because documents filed at the foundation’s founding listed its address as 600 S.H. 97 West -- the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center, which does not have a mailbox. Therefore, Jones said, notices that would have alerted the foundation of these deficiencies could not be delivered to its registered agent, Floresville City Manager Andy Joslin.
As part of the start-over plan, Jones said he has volunteered to become the parks foundation’s registered agent, offering his personal address for delivery of any official documents. Work also continues to validate financial records, as the location of the foundation’s checkbook is unknown.
Additional information about the challenges facing the Floresville Parks Foundation will follow in another issue of the Wilson County News.
Also during the June 27 meeting, the council:
•Voted to approve the Wilson County Appraisal District’s fiscal year 2014 budget. See related article, page 4A.
•Approved an interlocal agreement between the city and the Floresville Economic Development Corp., in which Feagins would provide accounting services for the corporation.
•Approved the preliminary plat for the proposed Richardson Bros. Chevrolet Polaris dealership, which will be constructed north of the city on U.S. 181.
In attendance: Mayor Diana Garza and councilmen Jim Miller, Mario Morones, John W. Guerrero, Sherry Martinez Castillo, and Eric Rodriguez; City Manager Andy Joslin, City Secretary Sherry Pollok, City Attorney Louis Rosenberg, Comptroller Lara Feagins, Project Manager for New Development Andrew Barrientes, Cyndi Nichols of the Floresville Permits and Code Compliance Office, President Douglas Jones of the Floresville Parks Foundation; and Treasurer Jason Talley and Executive Director Raymond “Ram” Ramirez of the Floresville Economic Development Corp.
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