Re: BSA Financial Accounting System
Paul Russell (michaelb@MARS.CSE.FAU.EDU)
Wed, 16 Sep 1992 12:06:32 EDT
> I agree! There ought to be some way for a district to maintain some
> sort of small "cash reserve". I've been involved at the district level
> for most of the last 10 years and have learned several things:
> (1) No matter how carefully you plan a district event, "actual" will
> almost never match "budget".
> (2) If real expense exceeds real income, some volunteer is going to have
> to foot the bill and wait forever (or so it seems) for the council
> to ante up.
> (3) If real income exceeds real expense, the "profit" disappears into
> the council's "General Fund", rather than being made available to
> the district.
> (4) Don't bother to ask the council to provide "up-front" money for a
> district event - it's not in the council budget.
> Districts are chartered, just like councils and individual units, and
> they have legitimate expenses, just like councils and units. So, why
> can councils and units handle their own funds, but districts can't?
Districts are charterd? I find that hard to believe. The reason districts
don't handle their own funds is that they are not separate entities.
Districts are part of the councils. The same with regions. Regions are
mearly operating subdivisions of National. The only separate financial
entities are National, Councils, and Units.
I do agree that districts should be able to have their own funds, just like
the OA Lodges have (are supposed to have). Have it kept as a separate item
on the council books. Good luck on this happening.
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