#58: Regional allocation for FY17 budget
Reporter: mattdm | Owner:
Status: new | Priority: major
Component: General | Resolution:
Comment (by mattdm):
Replying to [comment:7 cwickert]:
Their LATAM request was lower because they have learned their lesson
overbudgeting and underspending. APAC has overbudgeted way more, so I
really think it's unfair to give LATAM less just because they are more
That's hard to disagree with. :)
hF/hDI scenario], which leaves USD 74,500 for regional support. The
numbers above add up to USD 73,500, so there is a 1k margin. We could
Oh. Langdon, you were supposed to check my math. :)
That does make this easier, though. I guess if we are looking at $15k for
APAC FUDCon but holding LATAM to $10k, my inclination is to just add the
overlooked $1k to LATAM.
> Can you help me understand why this can't just be
kept up to date, though, making it just a matter
of taking a snapshot?
I'm afraid I'm lost. You said the regions report quarterly splits after
approve the top-level allocation. This is a yearly thing, and so is the
event planning in the regions. Therefor I assumed the quarterly splits
were a yearly thing, too. Once a year, right tell the regions how much
money they get and in return, they tell us how they plan to spend it
throughout the quarters. How would one make this continuously?
This is new, but we're also asking for quarterly updates and re-balancing
from the regions. That way, we a) realize if we're getting out of sync
before we get to the end of the year and b) can re-prioritize if needed.
The easiest thing to do when you have money left at the end of the FY
to buy swag and save it for next year. This makes planning a lot easier:
You don't have to worry about swag or about budget cuts. I'm not saying we
should burn money, we should only buy swag we really need. As swag
production happens on a regional level, the budget would remain there.
I'm not sold on this. There are a lot of other things which might be more
valuable overall to the project than swag, and it'd be nice to at least be
able to consider them.
Only if a region has no other use for their budget, the council
claim it for other activities or regions. It is on the budget owner to
have an eye on the spending and get touch with the regions if necessary. I
would rather ask if we can use a region's unused budget than automatically
reallocate it. In fact, quarterly reallocation can be counter-productive
as it encourages regions to spend money on less meaningful stuff not only
on a yearly but quarterly base.
I don't think "no other use" is right at all. It should be _good_ use
(both at quarter end and always).
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