The Georgetown University Student Association Finance and Appropriations Committee has drafted a budget for the fiscal year 2010 allocation of the Student Activities Fee. Here is the breakdown of the draft budget, along with comments made by the FinApp Committee explaining the draft allocation amounts:
- The Georgetown Programming Board requested $45,000 and the FinApp Committee has suggested they receive $42,500
“This represents a substantial 11.84% increase in allocated student activity fee money from last year’s allocation ($38,000). The main reasons for the increased allocation are increasing busing costs, an increase in the number of cultural events, the desire to increase the caliber of the annual Spring Kickoff Concert, and to deliver more overall programming benefiting the student body.”
- SAC requested $37,000 and the draft allocation is for $12,500, less than half of their request.
“In our draft budget, our committee decided to allocate the Student Activities Commission $12,500 out of its $37,500 requested this year, in recognition that the Commission is in good standing with some, but not all, of the reform proposals. The committee has set aside an additional $12,500 to be allocated if SAC comes to a compromise on the fourth and fifth points of reform.
“The potential total of $25,000 is significantly less than the funding request because the Commission, as determined by the Vice President’s office, possesses over $60,000 in excess reserve funds. We would expect the Commission to begin spending down this reserve to cover the balance of this allocation, and not cut back on club funding. Furthermore, it is noted that several members of the Committee have advocated a $0 allocation for the Commission for as long as it fails to comply with the outstanding two reform points.”
- CSJ-ABSO requested $64,000, and the draft allocation is $61,500
“CSJ-ABSO expects to face increased funding requests due to an increase in the number of groups under CSJ and inflationary costs related to transportation and space, among other increases. As a result, CSJ requested $64,000. Though we believe that this 42% increase from last year is justified … [we] had to balance this request alongside others. A proposed $61,500 allocation would enable CSJ to fully fund all expected group requests.”
- The Performing Arts Advisory Council requested $25,000 and the draft allocation is $25,000
“PAAC … did not request an increase over last year’s allocation. The Committee believes their current reserve size is far too high …. However, we do not have official numbers on the recommended size of PAAC’s reserve from the Vice President’s office. The Committee feels comfortable with allocating PAAC its full request because its reserve will be used to pay for forthcoming large-scale capital projects.”
- The GUSA Executive asked for $35,000 and the draft allocation to them is for $28,000
“The Georgetown University Student Association budget was trimmed by $7,000 for two primary reasons: 1. GUSA’s current balance in FY09 is over $10,000, a majority of which will likely roll back into the Student Activities Fee Reserve. 2. The Committee believes that a $7,500 line item for ‘future initiatives’ was not specific enough.”
- Media Board requested $36,000 and the draft allocation is for $36,000.
“In allocating the Media Board its full request, we were particularly cognizant of two features of their proposal: First, their overall budget proposal requests a $10,000 decrease in Student Activity Fee funding (dropping from $46,373 to $36,000). Second, the Media Board finds itself in a particularly precarious situation. According to their proposal, there’s a significant chance that The Hoya will go independent in the coming year. If this change takes place as tentatively planned, the entire Media Board runs the financial risk of large reserve losses. There’s little evidence that any other Media Board group can raise a significant profit.”
- Clubs Sports requested $150,000 and the draft allocation is for $115,000.
“The Advisory Board to Club Sports is particularly dependent on funding from the Student Activity Fee with about 90% of the board’s annual budget being comprised of Student Activity Fee money. With the understanding that despite marked year over year increases in allocations to ABCS only 30% of club funding requests are met, we, the finance and appropriations committee, tried in earnest to continue meeting club sports’ needs.”
- SAC Office, which provides supplies for all its groups, requested $21,500 and the draft allocation is for $20,000.
- Welcome Week requested $10,000 and the draft allocation is for $7,000.
- And Homecoming requested $12,000 and the draft allocation is for $12,000.
“In the absence of a new request, the Committee based the “SAC Office” line-item (which provides supplies and other resources to all student groups) off of last year’s figure, trimming $1,500 to account for one-time capital expenses. The same was the case for Homecoming, which remained the same. The Committee increased funding to Welcome Week by $2,000 based on its request for more funding of $5,000, which was justified solely on grounds that it wanted to more equitably share the burden of costs among different funders.”
In total, the FinApp Committee recommended that the GUSA Senate allocate $360,000 of the $436,000 requested. Senator Colton Malkerson (COL ’13) pointed out that the Advisory Boards had asked for about $50,000 more than was available for GUSA to allocate, and GUSA drew from the GUSA Fund to cover Advisory Board requests.