I’d like to share with you the FY13 budget that board passed at our meeting on June 4th. This is the budget that we will present for vote to church members at the special meeting we have called for this purpose on Sunday, June 17th at 12:30 pm in the Sanctuary.
First however I'd like to share, by way of background, the results of the Annual Budget Drive which drove our budgetary decisions. In order to pay for the minimum required church expenses, (including staff, program and property needs), the Budget Committee set the FY13 Annual Budget Drive goal to $450,000. This amount is equivalent to our FY12 budget with the addition of expense increases that are beyond our control, such that it is a flat or “level services” budget. At our May board meeting, when the budget is typically approved, the projected total pledges raised was only $ 417,000, a $ 33,000 deficit. Instead of making very severe budget cuts, the board decided to send home a follow-up appeal letter to the congregation in order to inform people about the large short-fall and proposed measures that would be necessary to close the gap and to provide people with an opportunity to make an increased pledge. This appeal brought in an additional $ 17,000. The board also raised Sawyer Nursery School rent by $ 3,400. Yet even with an updated projected pledge total, a budget deficit still remained.
Most of the time spent at our May and June board meetings was dedicated to deliberations on how to balance the FY13 budget. Many options were considered including staff cuts, staff furloughs and charging a fee for Adult Enrichment and Faith Development classes. Input regarding staff was provided by Rev. Tim and information regarding Faith Development was provided by Anne Principe.
With all the information we brought into bear, these are the decisions we have made listed in order of their budget impact:
1) $ 6,260: Eliminate UUA and MBD dues.
2) $ 2,000: Eliminate funding for 11:00 Sunday service child care providers (which is only being utilized 50% of the time).
3) $ 1,285: Reduce Youth Adult Committee, Coming of Age and Our Whole Lives program budgets.
4) $ 1,500: Stop accepting credit card payments.
5) $ 1,000: Reduce Computer Repair.
6) $ 632: Reduce payroll expenses.
7) $ 500: Reduce Postage expense.
8) $ 500: Reduce by 50% the Faith Development Committee materials budget.
While I wish that no cuts were required, I am very pleased that we have saved staff positions and incorporated all available input to the best of our ability. In the coming year the board will be evaluating strategies to enhance the financial sustainability of the UUCR.
In the years to come, as we determine measures we can take to improve our fiscal health, we will be able to address additional items that even our goal of $ 450,000 could not fund. We will be able to pay all staff members fair wage rate as recommended by the UUA, including our minister. We will be able to address the critical property repairs that have been delayed for many years and support an adequate property budget. We will be able to replenish our financial reserves which we have depleted over the last decade. In so doing, we will better be able to live our mission through worship, program and outreach. We will better be able to nurture our spirits and help heal our world.
I would like to thank everyone who has made a pledge to our church this year and especially to those who answered the call for an increased pledge. If you have not turned in your pledge card or your additional pledge card, please do so right away. With increased pledges, we will be able to add back into the budget some of the items that we eliminated.