News & Notes 657:Communication from the BCC
Communication from the BCC
We need to inform the community that City Services doesn’t have, as of today, enough resources to cover the present level of expenses and still maintain a buffer in case of emergencies. We will face a shortfall of Rs.1.2 crores of income for the current 2016-17 budget; as a result the City Services will be in deficit from October 2016 to March 2017.
There is an unpaid contribution from a number of commercial units who have not fulfilled in the period 2010 to 2015 their commitment to contribute at least 33% of their profit unspecified to City Services. Currently, the total pending amount for 2010 to 2015 comes to approximately Rs. 1.2 crores. Emails have been sent to the defaulting units on 26 February 2016, 16 March 2016, 19 April 2016 and some of the units were personally contacted – with little result.
While the BCC is exploring where expenses can be cut down without touching the individual maintenance level, we invite all the executives of commercial units to check with BCC if they are up to date with their contribution and to regularize their payment – by the 15th of August 2016, and to increase their contribution if possible.
BCC would also like to highlight the fact that there are a number of commercial units who do not just contribute in time but also give more (sometimes much more) than the minimum 33%. It is because of those units and those services, activities, and individuals who regularly give more than they take, that the City Services can run its budget.
We also want to remind the community that the monthly contribution of Rs. 3,150, which is only a little more than 50% of the total cost incurred per individuals living in Auroville, is expected from everybody unless a waiver has been granted by the Human Resources Team. Additionally, Aurovilians who are not contributing to the collective in work or in kind are expected to contribute substantially more in money than others – as per Mother's vision. With this note we invite all concerned to organize their contributions by August 15th.