Re: District Finances
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Tue, 28 Sep 1993 14:59:58 EDT
I agree that the a DISTRICT is not a seperate entity of scouting,
and therefore should NOT have seperate accounts, however, the
distrcit can and should have seperatly BUDGETED line on the coucnil
budget. And one thing our council also does, is add 10 percent or
$1 per day to each distrcit activity to build up a cash reserve for
those events that GO over budget. IE Each event is expected make
a profit and COUNCIL gets a share. Some people don't like the
IDEA but our council is back on solid finacial footing and many
years DEEP in the red. It also builds a cash reserve so we can
pre-order patches, with ammounts controlled by PRE-registration etc.
In fact this year, there was even a seperat PATCH pre-order form!!!
Patches can be a extra COST if NOT controlled and managed.
I think some people think that councils have a big pile of CASH
reserves just waiting to be spent on programs! NOT any that I know off!
Our district aks each troop to preregister and PAY a $25 non-refundable
deposite for the fall camporee. This money goes into the BUDGET line
as income for the distrcit camporee, and we that run the camporee can
then ask for advances against that INCOME. If no one pre-pays then
we have NO money to pay advances! And to those that complain that
that some people do not get pathces, WELL that is why this year
have a sperate PATCH reservation form!
It has been repoted that diferent councils seemt to run things
different. SO what else is NOT NEW? The above is what one council
uses to FUND events such as the OCT fall camporees. There is really
no ACCOUNT sitting someplace that belongs to the district or even the
OA lodge as we also found out recently. The MONEY all belongs to the
council! You can get permission via a BUDGET to spend money on behalf
of the council for a designated and budgete item, such as round table or
a camporee or a OA weekend, BUT you also need to have income! At least
in our council there just is no MAGIC piles of money.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City