Metroplitan's Directive on New Monthly Assessment Rate
Metropolitan's Directive on New Monthly Assessment Rate
December 11, 2003
Dear Father and Esteemed Members of the Parish Council:
Last July, at the General Assembly of the Archdiocese Convention held in Miami, Florida, it was overwhelmingly resolved that the annual parish assessment to the Archdiocese would be raised from $25.00 to $30.00 per baptized soul. The budget which was approved for the fiscal year ending January 31, 2005 is $4,413,000, the largest in the history of the Archdiocese. It should be recognized that the last increase in parish assessment was eight years ago.
The purpose of this letter is to remind you that this new assessment of $30.00 per baptized soul will go into effect January 1, 2004. Because of the need for a continuing cash flow throughout the year, most of the parishes in the Archdiocese are already paying their assessments on a monthly basis and if you are one of them, we thank you. If not, we ask you to institute a monthly assessment payment plan effective January 1, 2004.
In early January, you will receive a request for Parish Census from the Department of Statistics and Credentials. You should indicate your monthly payment amount on your response to the census request.
Hoping that you will cooperate with us fully on this matter, we pray that this Christmas Advent will bring to you and your loved ones a great measure of peace, joy and spiritual renewal.
Yours in His Service,
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America