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“3.2.1 Dues Amount and Term: All LTAP and TTAP Center Members shall contribute annual calendar-year dues to support the activities of NLTAPA. The amount of the dues assessment shall be ratified by affirmative vote of a majority of Active Center Members. [Annual Center Member dues as of the date of ratification of these bylaws are $500.00.] The EC may establish dues for affiliate members.”

The National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA) membership proposed a dues increase at the July 23, 2015 NLTAPA general business meeting in Savannah, GA. There are two questions before membership: The first is whether to raise dues or not; and the second is, should dues be raised by $125 or $250? This electronic ballot must be submitted by email to the Association secretary, Janet Leli, who will tally the votes and ensure that no more than one vote per eligible center is made on both questions. In the case of more than one vote per center, the secretary will clarify whose vote shall count by contacting the center director named in the center’s state or federal contract (the center director can appoint a voting member other than him or herself). The votes will be subject to audit by the NLTAPA officers, who will maintain confidentiality of the votes, but the vote will not be secret due to the nature of the ballot.

You should vote on BOTH questions, even if you are against a dues increase. If a majority votes against a dues increase, then the vote for the amount of increase will not result in a change to the dues. According to the NLTAPA bylaws and constitution, “3.2.1 Dues Amount and Term,” a simple majority of eligible centers will decide both questions, therefore, failure to vote, abstentions, and spoiled votes are effectively a “no” vote.

SAMPLE BALLOT:

Ballot question one: Should NLTAPA dues be increased beginning in 2017? (An answer of “yes” will show support for a dues increase, and “no” will show opposition to a dues increase. Answer question two, dues increase amount, even if you vote against a dues increase. Voting for one of the questions, but failing to vote for the other will count as a spoiled ballot for the unanswered question.)

Ballot question two: Should the NLTAPA dues be increased by $125 or $250? (Answer by indicating which amount you feel dues should be increased by, even if you are against a dues increase. Selecting an amount but failing to vote “yes” or “no” on question is effectively a “no” vote on question one.)

Sample vote:
Ballot question one: Should NLTAPA dues be increased beginning in 2017? Yes
Ballot question two: Should the NLTAPA dues be increased by $125 or $250. $250

Official ballots will be emailed to Center Directors on Monday, September 14, 2015. If your Center does not receive their ballot, please contact Janet Leli at jleli@rci.rutgers.edu.

Posted by John Velat in Workgroup Executive Committee on Tue, 2015-09-15 08:52.