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Booster club owes county thousands
Softball fees weren't paid last year
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Forsyth County News


Forsyth County is weighing whether to go after more than $8,000 in fees owed by a defunct softball booster club.

Spokeswoman Jodi Gardner said the county did not receive the 2010 fees from the Central Park Softball Association booster club. Typically, that money would have been paid in July.

The matter has been turned over to the county attorney for legal review, she said.

Forsyth County made "multiple attempts" to contact the former softball association president to discuss the financial issue by mail, phone, certified mail and e-mail, Gardner said.

The former president of the organization, Betsy Stanford, declined to comment on the situation Tuesday.

Fees paid by booster clubs are used for printed materials, game officials, trophies and state or national sanctioning.

"Any concern regarding unpaid fees by booster clubs is unusual," Gardner said. "Forsyth County has an outstanding group of booster clubs who play a very important role in our youth athletic programs."

The county works with 16 booster clubs and organizations at its parks.

The dispute between the county and the former softball booster club will not affect children's ability to participate, Gardner said.

The former softball association dissolved at the end of 2010, she said.

Softball at Central Park was turned over to the Central Park Athletic Association beginning with this upcoming spring season.

Greg Blitz, association president, said in a statement that the matter between the former softball organization and the county is not in any way related to the CPAA, which now organizes baseball and softball at the park.

"No debt was ever inherited and passed along to the CPAA," Blitz said. "Our organization ... has always taken pride in being fiscally responsible in our dealings with Forsyth County."