CUBS: Budget subcategory strategies

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Postby aebrown » Mon Oct 25, 2010 4:52 pm

Freedom55 wrote:Since most of the old subcategories I was using came across under Budget Allocations, and since I don't have much use (at the stake level) for the set subcategories under Budget (Elders Quorum, etc.), I've reset all my subcategories under Budget:Budget Allocations. I'm not sure how critical it is to use any particular subcategory of Budget since a) it all rolls up to Budget, and b) it's just used for our local stake budget information. :confused:

I would be pleased to take correction if I'm off base on this.


As I mentioned in a previous post, I think this is all a local decision. It may be that the Church would prefer that we use the predefined categories, but if that really mattered, we would receive specific instruction to do so (and we have not).

Personally, I think Budget Allocations is a category best reserved for receiving and (in the case of a stake) disbursing budget allocations. That's what makes sense to me. It seems like an unusual choice for categorizing all expenses. But if it works for you, I can't come up with a concrete reason why you shouldn't do it.
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Postby edwardlalone » Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:09 pm

Alan_Brown wrote:That's a local decision. Personally, I plan to use Budget:Administration for expenses that feel like administration. Expenses related to the Activities committee don't feel like that, but Ward Supplies do. But that's just my opinion.


That will help clear things up a lot since different wards in the stake are using different methods. I think we want to keep it simple so putting it all under Budget Administration may be effective.

I definitely think it is wrong to stop writing checks. When members have put out money and requested reimbursement, it is our responsibility to deliver that reimbursement promptly. If you later decide that a check was written from the wrong subcategory, it's easy enough to change the category.
That's what we decided to do so we are fine. I may bring this up with the other ward's clerk and let them know but it's not my place to decide that for them. We have already been writing checks because of the reasoning you gave. Someone shouldn't have to wait to be reimbursed especially in our ward since its a student ward and those who are being reimbursed are not able to afford to wait.

I can only assume that those categories were created for a purpose. When an expense is obviously related to the Relief Society, I can't see any good reason to use any category other than the built-in Budget:Relief Society category.
That makes a lot of sense so we should probably do the same. The reason I see for the creation of these was that they are the standard organizations and auxiliaries in a ward. Our ward won't be using some of these categories because we are a student ward and don't have a YM, YW, or Primary.

But I think you're going to be disappointed if you're looking for an official policy statement on how to use categories. None has been released at this point, and I really doubt that any will be. Each unit needs to make its best judgment, based on its own situation. I started this thread so that various clerks can share ideas of what works for them. That may give you some ideas.
Thanks. That will make it as simple as the Bishop and Clerks deciding how we want to do it. :)

Some people thought that money may have been planned to be allocated to those specific categories and we would have to use them. I didn't see that as being possible and it seems that the only category that will receive any money directly is the Budget Allocation.

Is my understanding correct that when we receive a check from the stake that we will deposit it into the Budget Allocation category and transfer from their to the other categories based on our own budget decisions and needs.

I also understand that all future budget allocations will be directly deposited into this category and that we would have to transfer funds from there to the other categories instead of using the regular edit budget feature. :confused:

Thanks for all of your help. :)

You have made things a lot more simple to understand and saved me a lot of time reading through differing opinions. I will of course read more but I won't stress out about it :)

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Postby aebrown » Mon Oct 25, 2010 6:06 pm

Edward Lalone wrote:Is my understanding correct that when we receive a check from the stake that we will deposit it into the Budget Allocation category and transfer from their to the other categories based on our own budget decisions and needs.

I also understand that all future budget allocations will be directly deposited into this category and that we would have to transfer funds from there to the other categories instead of using the regular edit budget feature.


It's definitely the case that all future budget allocations will be directly deposited into the Budget Allocations subcategory. So it makes sense that for this first manual transfer from the stake you would deposit it into that same category.
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Postby johnshaw » Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:55 am

  1. We have had categories for shared youth activities, such as "Budget:Youth Conference" and "Budget:YM-YW Combined Activities." We can't have those same names anymore, but we really wanted to retain these categories. It didn't seem to make sense to divide every single expense for such activities half and half between "Budget:Young Men" and "Budget:Young Women." So we created subcategories of "Budget:Other" for each of these.
  2. We also have a variety of odds and ends categories (such as "Music" or "Cultural Arts" or "Emergency Preparedness"). We put all these as subcategories of "Budget:Other" as well.
  3. Categories that seem to be related to stake administration (such as "Copier Expenses" or "Internet Connection") we created as subcategories of "Budget:Administration".
  4. For wards, it seems like a category such as "Boy Scouts" could be a subcategory of "Budget:Young Men"; "Cub Scouts" a subcategory of "Budget:Primary"; etc.
  5. There are some categories we don't plan to use at all: "Curriculum" doesn't seem very useful, and any expenses in that area would be charged to the appropriate auxiliary's budget. "Distribution Center Charges" will probably be used automatically for items ordered from a Distribution Center, but we'll move those into the appropriate axuiliary's subcategory. At the stake level "Elders Quorum" makes little sense, and I doubt we'll use "High Priests Group," either.
We'll end up with quite a few subcategories of "Budget:Other," but I don't see a better alternative. What are other wards and stakes doing?


At the stake level this is what we chose to do as well. My greatest fear of the intention from the church to standardize on categories and lock us out of them will eventually backfire and they'll let us back in.

If we're putting meaningful categories in Other, Why not let us have the next level up.... If If the Project Leaders assumed that Other would just be filled with minor miscellaneous items they missed the mark on this one. And they weren't in the same time zone for what a stake needs to do.

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Postby crislapi » Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:25 am

jshawut wrote:At the stake level this is what we chose to do as well. My greatest fear of the intention from the church to standardize on categories and lock us out of them will eventually backfire and they'll let us back in.

If we're putting meaningful categories in Other, Why not let us have the next level up.... If If the Project Leaders assumed that Other would just be filled with minor miscellaneous items they missed the mark on this one. And they weren't in the same time zone for what a stake needs to do.

I don't think they care what Budget subcategories we put our expenses in. Do what fits your local needs the best. The point wasn't to force of to all use it the same way, but to standardize between all units everywhere the budget categories.

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Postby dctanner-p40 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:49 pm

Great to have this forum and the helpful posts! Glad I don't work in the MLS support call center. (What do a thousand train-wrecks sound like?) When I spoke with them a couple of hours ago, it was suggested that we give things a week or two in hopes of a "fix" to the budget-balances issue coming down the pike.

Thanks again for all the knowledge, advice........good humor.

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Postby happy1z » Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:22 am

O.k. What gives? I see under Buget Allocations some of my sub categories are there. It seemed to pick some random ones. Not all of them are they just a few. They have no balances and I can't delete them. So now I have the new buget categories and a few of my old ones which duplicate. How can I remove my old categories? They have red x's on them so I can't just remove them. They have no balance so I don't know why they exist at all.

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Postby crislapi » Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:52 am

happy-one wrote:O.k. What gives? I see under Buget Allocations some of my sub categories are there. It seemed to pick some random ones. Not all of them are they just a few. They have no balances and I can't delete them. So now I have the new buget categories and a few of my old ones which duplicate. How can I remove my old categories? They have red x's on them so I can't just remove them. They have no balance so I don't know why they exist at all.

I'm guessing you are looking at them w/ a date range of "Current Year" if you change your view to "All", you will notice that the preserved categories likely have income at some point over the past 4 years. From the Post CUBS Implementation document that you commented on earlier (bottom of p 2)
Notice that any of your old budget sub-categories that ever had income from donations are still listed under Budget Allocations. They will currently show a balance from these donations. For example, if you had an old Budget category called BU-YOUTH CONFERENCE, it will show a balance of $40 because a donation was made into that category sometime over the last four years.


I don't think you can delete them or make them inactive. Transfer the balances (from "All" view) to Budget:Budget Allocations. I assume the old categories will go away once they have been inactive for a predefined period of time. Hopefully it's the 2 months that are being used to clean up on Ward Missionary categories (so roughly end of the year).


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