Tribune-Courier News Editor
BENTON– Scammers taking up donations along Marshall County roadways may find it more difficult to fool residents. The Marshall County Fiscal Court last week held the first reading of an ordinance that would help regulate roadside fundraising.
“It seems to be a problem here in the county, people soliciting money,” said Judge Executive Mike Miller. “People we don’t know. We don’t know where they come from or who they represent. It’s hard to find any answers from them. One we did try to find out about was a church up in Louisville. We tried to call, but never got an answer.”
Miller said the intent of the ordinance was not to hinder groups making a positive difference around the county, but to prevent scammers.
The ordinance will require anyone soliciting funds along county roadways or county right-of-ways to register for a permit with the judge executive’s office. Registration will require a name, address and social security number of at least one solicitor. Photo identification and a list of times of solicitation will also be required.
The ordinance also allows the judge executive’s office to deny permits.
“We’re not trying to prohibit any worthwhile, legal organization from raising funds,” Miller said. “But people are coming into the county that we don’t know and don’t know where the money is going or what it’s going for.”
The court approved the first reading of the ordinance. The final reading will be held at the court’s next regular meeting Jan. 24 at 9:30 a.m.