Share your feedback on the budget
[March 8, 2012] The Episcopal Church Joint Committee on Program, Budget and Finance (PB&F) has established a blog for comments on the draft budget approved by Executive Council in January.
“PB&F offers this blog as a place for the Church to comment on the Executive Council draft budget,” explained Diane Pollard, PB&F chair. “Concurrently, the purpose of the blog is also to give PB&F an additional way to hear the comments on the Draft Budget.” Pollard, a deputy from the Diocese of New York, stressed that the blog is open to all: bishops, deputies, alternates, clergy and lay people.
The blog was launched on Thursday, March 8 and will be monitored by PB&F members. This site is an opportunity to express your thoughts on a variety of areas covered by the budget: Program, Corporate, Canonical, Income and Expenses and other Comments. It is an easy means to share your opinions with those who provide oversight and development of the budget. Another avenue (if you will be present at General Convention) is to attend (and sign up to speak – early) at the Budget Hearings, which will be held 12:30-1:30 on Wednesday, July 4th in Indianapolis. Other hearings of importance to the budget will be held on Friday, July 6th and Saturday, July 7th from 7:30-9:00PM
Following the approval by Executive Council, the draft budget of $104.9 million was sent to PB&F for review. In July the information shared on the blog as well as the testimony received at three General Convention hearings will help to inform the budget that is presented to General Convention for approval. PB&F will prepare a proposed budget which then will be presented at a joint session of the House of Deputies and the House of Bishops on July 10. The final triennial budget will be approved by General Convention.