Response from BARC to the Resolution on Financial Autonomy and Collaboration among ALA Management and Divisions and Roundtables
BARC met on June 23, 2020 to discuss a resolution forwarded by the Resolutions Committee. Resolution movers Jennifer Boettcher and Dorcas Hand were present for the meeting.
BARC expressed concern about the whereas clauses in the resolution. They do not accurately characterize the availability of funds to the divisions and roundtables, and they reflect confusion over generally accepted accounting principles and cash accounting. Council does not debate the whereas clauses, but they are part of the record with any resolution that passes. Council should be aware that in this case, those clauses misrepresent processes that have happened and that are currently in place in the association.
BARC foresees certain, unwelcome impacts that would result should this resolution be passed:
In short, the outcome of this resolution would be to impede optimal budgeting for the association.
BARC appreciates the sentiment behind the resolution, the wish for increased and improved communication. What this resolution does, however, is mandate permissions, not communication. The resolution does not create or change policy but instead inserts Council into operational processes in the association.
Based on the budgetary obstacles that this resolution would create, BARC recommends that Council not pass it. BARC instead suggests that the working group on the operating agreement, which will soon begin its work, is best suited to address consideration of the budgetary relationships of the divisions, the roundtables, and the overall association to take place. We do not feel that a resolution is needed to refer this matter to the working group. Instead, it may simply be communicated to them in the wake of the Council meeting.
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