Ca In The Black With Savings, Members' Fees

2nd-quarter Report Put Budget On Track

December 18, 1991|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Columbia Association is back on its budgetary track with an unexpected $434,000 jump in membership income and $179,000 in savings, according to the association's second-quarter report.

The association had suffered a disappointing first quarter. Because of the county'scommercial real estate slump, the association estimated it would bring in $400,000 less than originally expected from assessments on new property, according to a CA report.But association spokeswoman Pam Mack said more recent estimates put that drop at $200,000.

That, combined with increases in club memberships, prompted CA officials to predict they will meet the fiscal 1992 budget instead of falling $297,000 short, as predicted last quarter.

The report, which will be adopted at the board meeting at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center, shows that $107,000 was savedby cutting back on seasonal workers in its Open Space Management Department.

Other savings were scattered throughout the association, from canceled meetings to cuts in training seminars.

"Each of us went back to our budgets and said, 'Where could we pick up some money that we didn't need to spend?' " Mack said.

The Columbia Association is a non-profit corporation that owns and maintains more than 2,000 acres of open space, as well as playgrounds, swimming pools, tenniscourts and a golf course.

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