Budget Committee Proposes 2013–2014 Budget
The D.C. Bar Budget Committee, chaired by President–Elect Andrea Ferster, has unanimously approved a proposed budget for the Bar’s fiscal year that begins July 1, 2013. The committee is recommending a balanced budget for dues–funded programs, and sufficient surplus to fund reserves at recommended levels. The Bar’s strategic plan guided the development of both the operating and capital budget proposals. The committee’s proposal would increase annual dues from $255 to $265 for active members and from $127 to $130 for judicial members, while dues for inactive members would remain the same at $130. A public hearing to answer member questions on the proposed budget will be held at 1:30 p.m. on April 9, 2013, at the Bar’s headquarters, located at 1101 K Street NW, room 205.
The proposed expenditure budget for dues–funded activities is $24.1 million. Personnel expense makes up 61.4 percent of the budget. A 2.5 percent pool for staff salary increases and another 0.5 percent for other salary adjustments were recommended by the Bar’s salary planning consultant. One fulltime position and six part–time positions are added to the dues budget to address the growing need for marketing efforts, event staffing, litigation support, and outreach. In addition, one fulltime position is added to the Sections budget to address the need for program and event planning and coordination.
In fiscal year 2012–13, the Office of Bar Counsel will move into expanded office space at the D.C. Court of Appeals complex on 5th Street NW. The move is expected to cost $1.3 million in architectural, remodeling, and furnishing expenses. This amount will be amortized over 10 years, resulting in an increase in annual operating expense of $130,000.
The proposed operating budget will provide a surplus of $1,205,200 from dues-funded activities. This will allow the Bar to continue to set aside $560,900 annually to meet future space needs when its current lease at 1101 K Street NW expires in May 2021. The remaining surplus of $644,300 will be set aside for the Bar to remain consistent with the plan to increase the dues–funded operating reserve to a minimum of three months of operating expenses, as recommended by the Bar’s auditors.
Certain activities are required to be funded by sources other than Bar membership dues. The Bar’s Pro Bono Program is funded almost entirely by private donations. The CLE Program is funded primarily by course registrations, the publication of the District of Columbia Practice Manual is supported by direct sales, and Sections programs and activities are supported by separate section dues and event fees. Royalties from services purchased by members through the Bar’s Affinity program provide additional resources to support the CLE and Pro Bono programs. The overall proposed budgeted deficit for nondues programs in fiscal year 2013–14 is $285,400, which will be covered through the use of nondues reserves.
Additional and supporting budget information is summarized below, and copies of the proposed budget document are available for review at the Bar’s headquarters during regular business hours.
After receiving and considering public comments, the Budget Committee will recommend a final proposed budget to the Bar’s Board of Governors for approval in mid–April.
FY13-14 Proposed Operating Budget
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