The Rockdale Chamber of Commerce is considering changing its bylaws since it can no longer afford to pay for a president.

The chamber's current bylaws require a president, but the 12-member board may vote to change that at its Jan. 30 meeting. The move would be to make the position of president for the chamber optional instead of required.

"We had a committee assigned to look at the bylaws and that's [the change] they presented," said Janice King, chair-elect of the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce. "Because it states we have to have a president and with our current funding, we couldn't support a president."

The president's salary is not a set amount, said King, who will be elected formally as chair of the chamber at the Jan. 30 meeting. The role of president has been vacant since Oct. 2012, and King said the organization is looking to amend the bylaws in order to abide by its rules.

Following disputes with the city over who would control the city's hotel-motel tax funds, the chamber relinquished control over how the dollars would be allocated. The change went into place near the end of 2012.

King said the chamber did not go to the city or other entities to try to request the funds for a president position after the position went vacant more than a year ago.

The position of president is only one of two paid positions at the chamber. The other is an office manager. King said the chamber does receive hotel-motel dollars to fund the visitors center, but that money is not used for paying the chamber's salaries.

The members of the board are volunteer positions. The chamber has a budget, comprised of some money from the city, but a majority of it is from member dues and some fundraising events.

"Since we no longer had the funding for a president, we would be in violation of the bylaws if we didn't change them," King said.

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