Meeting is approaching. The National Chair and her newborn are on-screen.
They have reached the budget. I had several computer issues and missed the opening. They are changing names of budget categories. Now removing $6000 in projected bequest income, because GAAP says you should not do this. Motions passed 15-0-0. Motion to move contractor expenses between categories, without changing amount of planned spending. Passes 15-0-0. Another motion, moving spending between categories. Passes 15-0-0. And another motion, shifting admin resources. Passes 15-0-0. And another of the same. Passes 15-0-0.
Salaries had been put into various categories and is moving to a general salaries category. Legal pro-active was reduced. Harlos questions this reduction, and suggests it means the LNC must approve spending before the ExComm can look at doing legal proactive. Chair indicates there could be concerned; will be discussed later. Motion passes 15-0-0.
Treasurer and then Ms. Huston will speak. Treasurer is reading items from the budget, how much is budgeted next year. Legal will be $75000, identified as a major increase. That was the only item I heard identified as a major increase. Budget changes are said to make things more flexible.
Projected income was 1.7 million dollars. Harlos: Where is board fundraising? Answer: it will go into current categories. Harlos urges that board fundraising should not be appropriated until it shows up. Executive Director and Treasurer agree. There is also $23,000 for building and legal income. Treasurer explains that buildings need maintenance. ED says this includes any building not just the Alexandria building.
CAH: Where is LP News? Treasurer: Staff has maximum flexibility if they want to continue with LP News. n CAH: That should be an LNC decision, not a staff decision. Is there a commitment to publish LP News? ED talks at length, but fails not to commit. She thinks all members use email.
Ford: Wants affiliate support as separate line item. It is 1% of the annual budget.
CAH: Our older members are more attached to paper issues, and these are typically our larger donors. Proposes that each committee should have its own budget.
Huston: Claims that there is no evidence that LP News brings in money.
Argument about income due to LP news.
They have reached salaries. Chair says we need executive session if there are questions. There were no questions at this point.
Travel is to move staff when necessary.
Discussion of software, server, and hardware costs. There are lines for things you buy and for people you pay…so far as I can tell. Affiliate support contractor is now budgeted as IT services, because that is what he did for the affiliates.
We have things that we depreciate. There is a schedule for this.
Budget is balanced at 1.723 million dollars. Clarification. Assuming I followed, instead of only voting to approve the major budget codes, the LNC will vote to approve all of the detailed categories. This is a major change, in my opinion in the right direction.
Nanna: Create separate line item specifically for CiviCRM for $25,000, taking money from elsewhere. “Elsewhere” is discussed. CAH, like Nanna I want a budget line that specifically mentions the CiviCRM. There are some issues that need to be discussed in executive session. Ford speaks up for more detailed allocations. CAH speaks up against having the Executive committee managing the party. There is no regional on the ExComm.
McArdle moves for Executive Session. Basis is salary and contract implications.
They advance to Executive Session and take a ten minute break. At a guess, back at 5:20 or 5:30.
Back at 6:08. They are locking up money for CiviCRm support. 10-2-3 Motion passes.
Ford: Moved to transfer $17,500 to a new account for affiliate support. Critiques scheme of merging expenditure lines and condemns idea that the Executive Committee rather than the LNC should control where money is actually spent.
Hagopian. We give oversight. The staff runs the party. This is the wrong year to spend money on affiliate support when we have ballot access expenses.
Ford: We spend money on ballot access. (said somewhat lengthily):Why is it inappropriate to spend money on affiliate support? Proposes that what Hagopian is saying is no way to run a business.
CAH: Proposes starts with appropriating a lower amount and then increasing if money appeared. Disagrees with Hagopian: Saying to the staff ‘Here’s money. You spend it.” is the wrong way to go. Defunding Affiliate Support and Historical Committees is highly improper.
Discussion of where money is being taken from. CAH moves to postpone committee motions. Passes 13-0-1.
CAH: Move to approve budget as amended. McArdle: Legal issues — kick the can down the road until January. Motion passes.
LNC meeting adjourns. Five minute break and then excomm. ExComm will be doing legal issues in executive session