The Program Committee expressed their concern over the budget limits for 1975 and at the continuing decrease, and recommends that the National Executive Council make allowance for the increase in the inflationary index in its requests to the dioceses.
That the recommendation of the Program Committee concerning the making of allowances for the increase in the inflationary index in its requests to the dioceses be sent to the Task Force on Funding National Goals for their reflection and that it be requested to submit an interim report at the May, 1974 meeting of the National Executive Council. CARRIED
The Council received the following recommendation from the Administration and Finance Committee:
That the National Executive Council be advised that the Administration and Finance Committee shares the Program Committee's concern; points out that 1975 Suggested Diocesan Apportionment Quotas are $185,000 above 1974 Acceptance (8%) which provides for at least a large proportion of inflationary pressures; and because of a change in timetable for the development of the 1975 Program Budget (about a year later than usual) which reduces the need for a large unallocated provision, and because of the development of Spending Guidelines for budget/expenditure review, recommends:
That this National Executive Council approve the recommendation of the Administration and Finance Committee that the proportion of the 1975 Spending Estimates unallocated as to program be reduced from $140,000 to $40,000. CARRIED
That the National Executive Council write to the dioceses outlining the dilemma we face regarding inflation and proposed new program. CARRIED
It was agreed that information of this discussion be included in the report of the National Executive Council to General Synod, and that the General Secretary, in writing to the dioceses, should indicate the budget difficulties which are being faced at the National Office because of inflation and the need to support new programs.