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March 15, 2013
Projections have Bar fees remaining stable for years

The good news is that going on 12 years now, The Florida Bar has had no increase in its annual membership fees. The better news is it looks like it will be several more years before any raise is needed.

Lanse Scriven Budget Committee Chair Lanse Scriven reported to the Board of Governors on February 1 that the committee was working on the Bar’s 2013-14 budget, which will be presented to the board at its April 19 meeting.

He gave no details, but said, from figures presented to the committee, it appears that no membership fee increase will be needed before 2019 or 2020.

Scriven also reported that the current 2012-13 budget had been projected to run a slight deficit, but now looks as though it will run slightly in the black, an overall improvement of more than $300,000.

He also presented and the board approved four amendments for the 2012-13 budget: $29,150 in starting expenses for the Leadership Academy, $10,982 for the Attorney Consumer Assistance Program, $1,859 for Fee Arbitration Program mailing expenses, and $2,500 for meetings expenses.

[Revised: 02-25-2014]