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Chebucto Community Net Society
Annual General Meeting
April 29, 2009

Report of the Treasurer

Financially 2008 was another unsuccessful year for Chebucto Community Net. We spent more than we took in, again. By a lesser amount than in 2007, but that was achieved mostly due to Andrew donating half his services for half of the year. Our income, which is derived almost entirely from membership fees, decreased by about ten per cent. I remember saying at last year's AGM that if every existing member brought in one new member we would be well on the path to recovery. It didn't happen. In fact our membership declined by twenty-five per cent during the year. Fewer members need fewer access lines, and we have reduced our costs for these for the coming year. However, realistically, our expenses are now pared pretty well as low as we can go while still providing good service. We raised membership fees for the first time in fifteen years, and we still think it is very good value at $125 a year (just over $10 a month).

Included in your package is a summary budget for 2009. We feel these numbers are achievable, and the numbers for the first three months of the year seem to bear this out. However two very important things should be noted: the figures are again based on Andrew donating half of his hours, this year for nine of the twelve months; and we still forecast a deficit. Obviously this cannot continue ad infinitum.

I would remind you that Chebucto Community Net Society belongs entirely to the members. It remains in existence only as long as they - YOU - wish it to. Whatever needs to be done to ensure its survival needs the support of the members both in coming up with ideas and in putting them into action. We have two employees, one technical, one administrative/technical. There are nine (or less) board members, all voluntary, all with full lives outside CCN, and now that high speed commercial service provides attractive, if four times more expensive, competition we need your help to stay alive.

 

Alan Turner

Treasurer

Chebucto Community Net Society

 

 

 


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