Minutes – Joint Finance Committee/Board Meeting
Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
May 11, 2020
Board Members: Tom von Alten, Sandy Cruise, Elaine Daly, Rachel Murphy, Elizabeth Pirie, Scott Smith, Harriet Shaklee, Cathy Sherman, Sue Stadler
Finance Committee: Jane Zornick, Linden Boice, David Woito, Robert Huntley,
Rev. Sara LaWall, Intern Mary Beth Bolin
|Board Action||20200511-1||Accept Budget as Proposed||Moved: Cathy Sherman Second: Harriett Shaklee Pass 9 Yes, No 0, Abstentions 0 Raised hand vote|
Presentation to the Board
Fiscal Year 2021 Budget – Tom von Alten
Discussion included the following questions/comments:
- The Annual Giving Drive (AGD) was very successful despite curtailing due to Covid 19. Most pledges are returned and the difference to pledge contributions from FY2020 is only -1.6%. Although this is subject to change, it is much more optimistic than expected.
- While the budget for most expenditures are being cut, the outdoor sanctuary grounds and labor items are allocated more funds than in FY 2020. Is this appropriate? Major tree trimming and maintenance needs to happen routinely to keep the trees healthy and this expense was already committed to for FY2021. The theme of the AGD was taking care of our home – the building and grounds – and this expense – as well as other building maintenance – aligns with that. With the building and grounds mostly closed and/or not being used much, this might even be an optimal time to do the maintenance as it does not disrupt activities.
- A salary was not allocated for a DRE; if the position is filled for FY2022, it might result in a noticeable increase to that fiscal year budget; that issue will be addressed as needed at the time.
Two new expenditure categories were added to address expenses associated with restarting/reopening after Covid 19: Transition Restart and Covid 19 Reopening.