Explanation of 2018-19 Operating Budget

The total projected income for the Proposed 2018-19 Budget is $329,286, a 5% increase from the previous year. While pledges still provide the majority of the income (86%), the income from pledges was not discounted as we believe, as of April 20, 2018, there is several thousands of dollars in unpledged income from people who have pledged consistently in the past. Figure 1 shows the proportion of income from various sources.

Figure 1
Figure 1

The Budget Committee used prior history to project expected income in other categories such as the Sunday plate offering, non pledge income, and investment income. Net building rental was increased by $8000 based on additional rental from weddings and memorial services. The total projected income for 2017-18 is $15,591 more than the current year’s budget.

Following last year’s process, the Budget Committee met with all of the Teams to better understand their goals and what resources they needed to further those goals. The process enhanced the Budget Committee’s understanding of the impacts of any budget reductions or new investments before the total income was known. It also helps improve the Teams’ knowledge of the budget process. Figure 2 compares this year’s and next year’s expenditures.

Figure 2
Figure 2

The proposed Budget funds a 3% salary increase for all current employees, increases in costs for essential services in Facilities and makes strategic investments in Religious Exploration and the Music program. A quarter time custodian is budgeted at a cost of $208 more than Garten’s cleaning service. This provides 10 hours of cleaning, a significant increase from the 3 hours provided by Garten.

To accomplish this, money was reallocated among budget categories based on current spending patterns. In some cases where a team or activity had a corresponding Other Fund, the budget process relied on the use of both Operating Funds from the budget and Other Funds to pay for the total needs of the Team.

This is a tight budget with a small contingency. Greater communication between the Budget Committee and the Teams improved forecasting of costs and allowed the Committee to meet Budget goals set by the Board of Directors.

Budget Committee members:  John Prohodsky, Carol Manka, Paul Manka, Susan Farris-Gosser, Robin LaMonte and Lorna Youngs

Proposed UUCS 2018-19 Operating Budget

    Share the Plate $6,000 $7,000 45% of plate offering
     Non-Pledge Income $8,000 $7,000  
    Current Year Pledges and Grants $275,335 $283,786 99% of total pledges
    Prior Year Pledges $3,000 $3,000  
    Fundraising Income $7,000 $7,000 (Coffee, Pie Sale, auction.)
    Net Building Rental Income $10,000 $18,000 includes rent from daycare
    64% of Total Investment Income $3,500 $3,500 (36% deposited in Memorial &  Endowment Funds)
    Transfer from Childcare Fund $860    
    TOTAL INCOME $313,695 $329,286  
     Minister Salary and Benefits $96,571 $99,641  
     Staff Salaries and Benefits $113,596 $123,059  
    Total Minister and Staff Expense $210,167 $222,700  
  Admin Exp        
    Includes copier, printing, bookkeeper, PNWD/UUA dues, etc.      
    Total Administrative Expense $44,962 $46,996  
   Teams Facilities $36,555 $35,610 (utilities, janitorial, landscape, systems tests & monitoring)
    Religious Exploration $3,600 $4,350  
    Fundraising $1,400 $2,100  (formerly Fellowship Team)
    Social Action $1,400 $1,000  
    Performing Arts $0 $0  
    Communications $3,177 $3,000  
    Sunday Services/Worship $5,600 $5,600  
    Music Team $1,125 $1,875  
    Membership   $1,700  
    “Other” Budgeted Teams $2,390 $990  
    Total All Teams $55,347 $56,225  
Contingency   $3,219 $3,365  
     Total Budgeted Expense $313,695 $329,286  

A more detailed budget with a breakdown of these categories is available on request from the Treasurer, John Prohodsky

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