MADISON, Wis. (7/9/13)--Members at a credit union in South Dakota have stepped up to the plate to bat for preserving credit unions' tax status. They are among the more than 300,000 contacts credit unions have made so far to Congress in the Credit Union National Association's and the state leagues' nationwide "Don't Tax My Credit Union" campaign.
|Black Hills FCU staff in Rapid City, S.D., counted and sorted more than 2,000 "Don't Tax My Credit Union" postcards collected at its Member Service Centers in two days last week. The postcards were hand-delivered to three members of South Dakota's congressional delegation. (Photo provided by Black Hills FCU)|
Black Hills FCU in Rapid City, S.D., a low-income community credit union with $966.6 million in assets and 54,038 members, started hand-delivering postcards signed by its members to its congressional delegation on July 2. Another delivery was planned for yesterday.
In two days, its members signed more than 2,000 post cards urging Congress not to tax credit unions. Roughly 900 were hand-delivered July 2 to the Rapid City offices of U.S. Sens. Tim Johnson (D) and John Thune (R), and U.S. Rep Kristi Noem (R), said the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (The Memo July 8).
"By July 26th, we are trying to get thousands of letters, e-mails and other communications to Congress urging representatives to not eliminate the credit union tax exemption," said CUAD President/CEO Robbie Thompson. "This is our No. 1 priority at this time," he added.
Other action by credit unions on the tax-exemption front:
CUNA's and the leagues' "Don't Tax My Credit Union" campaign is also using social media vehicles such as Facebook, a Twitter handle @CUNAadvocacy and hashtag #Don'tTaxMyCU and the social media micro-video site Vine. To join the action in spreading the message, credit unions can use the Tax Advocacy Tool Kit action. Use the links for more information.
Actively participating in the political and grassroots activities is one tenet of CUNA's Unite for Good, where credit unions rally together to help create a nation in which "Americans choose credit unions as their best financial partner."