The Board of Directors approved a proposal to change PLAN’s member dues structure and the membership approved the change at the organization’s Annual Meeting. The primary reason for restructuring member dues is to ensure the financial sustainability of the PLAN organization after the depletion of auxiliary funds over the past 7 years. The increase in dues will also reduce dependence on the fluctuating grant income from the State of Florida. It should be noted that PLAN’s member dues structure has not changed from its current $500/year for all members since 1994.
The proposed change is scheduled to begin with the dues payments for the October 1, 2016 — September 30, 2017 fiscal year. This is intentional to allow time for member libraries to plan for any dues increase that may affect budgeting for next year.
The proposed new dues structure is based on the member’s operating budget and attempts to recognize the differences in funding levels and amount of participation in PLAN’s member services:
|Operating Budget||Annual Dues|
|Special & K-12 School Libraries||$500|
|$0 — $100,000||$500|
|$100,001 — $400,000||$1,000|
|$400,001 — $1,000,000||$2,000|
|$1,000,001 — $2,500,000||$3,000|