2015 annual dues
Aside from rounding to multiples of 12 in 2013 (when Working dues actually went down by a dollar), dues have not changed since 2007. Might be longer- we coulldn't find a record of it going back further than that.
During that time, dues for NW and HH members have always been $10 more than Working dues (rounded to $12 in 2013). Raising dues by $12 across the board most closely duplicates that ratio.
Keeping to multiples of 12 makes prorating easier. If you pay $36 to join in January, it's $33 in Feb, then $30, $27, $24, $21 and so on. Less round numbers would complicate this.
Even with current signage and membership forms, members are still sometimes charged the wrong amount when they join.
|How much would I need to spend each week (before discount) for my dues to pay off?|
Due to a change in the tax obligation of MHA, which owns our building, we now owe ~$4,000.00/ year in real-estate tax. MHA is negotiating with the city to get the amount reduced, but we're already paying it, and need to operate on the assumption that it won't change.
We charge (and pay) sales tax for taxable items that we sell, and still do, but this a real estate tax, from which we used to be exempt.
We are a not-for-profit cooperative corporation, but the new tax is not based on our own tax status, i.e. being a not for profit vs. non-profit. The real estate tax is assessed on the building, by the city. Even if we became a charity, we’d still owe the tax.
Like, the Church of Kale? Nope. See above.
Yes. See the article on their website: http://thevillager.com/2013/12/05/store-tax-hike-is-raising-anxiety/
Raising dues will only make up part of the increased overhead, so we're not shouldering this entirely on our own.
But if we tried to make up the entire difference through markups, then we'd all pay waay more than an additional dollar a month.