Board of Governors adopts 2001-02 Bar budget

first_img April 15, 2001 Regular News Board of Governors adopts 2001-02 Bar budget Members’ comments soughtThe 2001-02 Bar budget, with the first increase in Bar members’ annual membership fees in 11 years, has passed its initial review with the Board of Governors. The board approved the budget at its March 30 meeting in Melbourne, and will consider any changes, including objections from Bar members, at its May 11 meeting. Following action at that meeting, the fiscal plan will be submitted to the Supreme Court for its review. The new budget will improve the Bar’s balance sheet, according to incoming Budget Committee Chair William Kalish, who presented the figures to the board. “The budget we have approved will take our $9 million in reserves to $11 million,” he said. “It will enhance the financial stability of the Bar so we won’t need a fee increase for a substantial amount of time.” The last increase in annual fees came with the Bar’s 1990-91 budget. Both Kalish and current Budget Committee member Jesse Diner have said that the increase in annual membership fees was needed because the Bar has increasingly been using reserves the last two years to a point where it is not fiscally responsible to continue to do so. Annual fees for active Bar members will increase from $190 to $265 and for inactive members from $140 to $190. According to figures presented to the board, Bar revenues for the current year are projected at $25 million with a potential shortfall of $1.7 million. For the 2001-02 budget, revenues will rise to just over $30 million, with an expected surplus of around $2 million. The largest part of that increase will come from annual fees, where income is expected to rise from $13 million in 2000-01 to $18.3 million in the new budget. The largest expenditure will continue to be on regulation of the practice of law activities, which is expected to cost $10.7 million this year and $11.5 million for 2001-02. Those functions include the grievance system, ethics, lawyer advertising, professionalism, and the Bar’s Membership Records office. Added to that are the unlicensed practice of law activities budgeted at $1.2 million for the current year and $1.3 million next year. One notable change is an increase in the amount of membership fees going to the Clients’ Security Fund. That has been increased from $15 to $25 per member. That will increase the total contribution from members from $983,310 this year to $1.35 million next year. The CLE programs are expected to cost $2.5 million next year, up $100,000 from this year. Income is projected to drop slightly, from $3.1 million to just under $3 million. The Bar’s public information, Journal, and News operations are budgeted at $3.5 million next year, down from almost $4 million in the 2000-01 budget. Sales for advertising for the Journal and News are projected at $2 million next year, compared with $2.1 million this year. A complete breakdown of the proposed budget appeared in an official notice in the April 1 Bar News, on pages 18-19. Those wishing to file comments or objections to the 2001-02 budget should send them to: Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300. Comments should be received by the morning of May 10. Board of Governors adopts 2001-02 Bar budgetlast_img read more

FC IfeanyiUbah Bounces Back but Enyimba, Remo Stars Fall again

first_imgAfter the show of shame on the opening day of the Nigeria Football Professional League (NPLF), FC Ifeanyi Ubah put behind their disgraceful no-show at Kano Pillars at the weekend to dump MFM FC 4-0 as Plateau United bashed Enyimba 3-1 at home in continuation of NPFL action today.Ifeanyi Ubah had abandoned the opening game of the new season on Saturday and have since been sanctioned by the league organisers.They put all their troubles behind them to record a big home win over MFM FC,who ironically also won big at the weekend at home against Niger Tornadoes.First half goals by Yaya Kone, Jimoh Oni and King Osanga as well as Ifeanyi Onuigbo late in the second half gave Ifeanyi Ubah their first win of the season. In Jos, Plateau United showed they were truly at home when they raced to a 3-0 lead against seven-time champions Enyimba, before Ikechukwu Ibenegbu made the scores a lot more respectable with a late face-saved for ‘The People’s Elephant’.In Gombe, It was a game of misfortune for debutants, Remo Stars, as Fabason Djoufouna 87th minute strike secured maximum points for Gombe United and ended the dreams of Remo Stars picking a point on the road.The Sky Blue Stars drew first blood after Captain Victor Mbaoma converted a free kick beautiful in the 20th minute and Ndukwe was right on point to make consecutive saves to deny Gombe United an equaliser after the restart.The first half ended in level terms and at the start of the second half Gombe United showed intent and approached the game more physically but we’re contained by the offside trap as the high line defence of the Sky Blue Stars did a decent job.Late into the second have in the 87th minute Fabason Djoufouna who arrived late into the box was right on time to slot home a low cross from Giwa Isaac to give the dessert scorpions the lead and eventually the winning goal of the encounter.The Sky Blue Stars will head back to Sagamu as they prepare to get their season back on track with a win.There were also home wins for Lobi Stars, Abia Warriors and Sunshine Stars.NPFL MATCH DAY TWO ResultsSunshine Stars 1-0 Shooting StarsNasarawa United 1-1 Enugu RangersGombe United 2-1 Remo StarsNiger Tornadoes 1-1 ABS FCAkwa United 1-1 Rivers UnitedPlateau United 3-1 Enyimba FCLobi Stars 1-0 Kano PillarsFC Ifeanyi Ubah 4-0 MFM FCAbia Warriors 2-0 Katsina UnitedTodayElkanemi Vs WikkiShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more