What is the legal authority of the average city’s Chamber of Commerce?
Here’s why I ask. My neighboring city’s new city council has decided that it’s high time they issued, and collected fees for, businesses licenses. (No, they are not required as yet.)
After months of…Oh, I’ll spare you. The important part is NOW they want to hand the responsibility and authority to the Chamber of Commerce!
AND they are going to be given the authority to shut off businesses’ water if they don’t pay up! (We’ll skip how stupid it is to shut off a business’ sprinkler system for the moment),
They aren’t a governing body, and they aren’t elected officials.
I thought that the Chamber of Commerce was mostly funded by the businesses that joined it, and, in return, they’d promote their businesses. (Boy, was I wrong!)
But all I want to know for now if any Chamber of Commerce has the legal authority to issue a license to businesses; which, obviously translates into ‘lay and collect taxes’.