mlh78 wrote:In my view - based on 7 years of experience at the stake level - this system is far superior to the default system. All the wards strongly support this method as well.
Others on this board feel equally as strong the other way. I don't see where they are coming from though.
It's great that the system allows the flexibility for your stake to administer the budget allocation this way. But to help you understand where we "are coming from," I offer the following:
The way I see it, your system has one virtue -- the wards know exactly what their budget will be. The other two "virtues" you mentioned are simply natural consequences of that one virtue. But regardless of how you count the virtues, here are the virtues of our system (we set the percentages once when CUBS came out and haven't touched them since):
- Far simpler administration at the stake level -- no calculations are necessary, and no checks to write and deliver. Writing an extra 30 checks or so per year is not the worst thing in the world, but it's hardly a trivial cost in time and effort.
- Funds arrive at the ward level as soon as possible -- no waiting for the stake to do calculations, cut, and deliver checks.
- Each ward's budget allocation is reliably related to their activity levels. I know that your stake does this on an annual basis, but using the default allocation method makes adjustments based on activity levels more responsive -- changes in activity level have effects within about 3 months, instead of in 12-15 months.
- A specific case of the previous point is that a ward that fails to submit its quarterly report will feel significant pain very promptly.
I guess I don't see the burden on wards to make projections to be significant at all. At least in our stake, most of the wards are fairly stable in their size and activity levels. Even the one ward that is growing grows at a fairly constant rate. So the projections are easy to make and fairly accurate.
But in any case, I'm certainly not trying to argue that anyone should adopt a particular system. Each stake should do what works well for them. I just wanted to provide some details as to why we like our system.