KSU passes referendum question to raise fees

The referendum will take place during KSU Elections, which run on Feb. 12 and 13.

KSU Financial Vice-President Alex Bryant speaks at a discussion of the referendum’s proposed question on Feb. 1. (Photo: Evan McIntyre)

On Feb. 1 the King’s Students’ Union passed a referendum question to pose to students about raising fees.
The referendum will take place during KSU Elections, which run on Feb. 12 and 13.
The question reads: “Be it resolved that the King’s Students’ Union membership dues be increased by $9.40 per semester.”
On the night of Jan. 30, The King’s Students’ Union (KSU) held a discussion about the proposed due increase.
The KSU is projecting a deficit of $9,882.40 for the 2013-14 school year, and has already had to cut funding to many events and campaigns to avoid facing financial hardships.
“This is the first time in recent memory where we have had such a major need to increase dues,” says Alex Bryant, financial vice-president of the KSU.
The proposed dues increase of $9.40 each term ($18.80 each year) will cover the deficit and provide the union with more than $12,000 to expand its services.
Dues support the union as a whole and go into their operations budget for things like campus initiatives.
Although the budget has been an issue for a while, Bryant thinks it’s never been discussed because of the taboo nature of the subject.
“It’s just kind of a scary thing to talk about. You don’t want to ask your membership to give you more money,” he says.
However, the roughly 50 people in attendance were generally in agreement on the number proposed by the KSU.
“When you put it in perspective, it’s not much,” says KSU President Anna Dubinski. “We pay more up front to make services throughout the year more affordable.”
At least one person in the room thought the proposed increase sounded too conservative, but based on the general consensus, Bryant feels confident the number is right.
“Based on tonight, we didn’t have much overwhelming opposition [to the $9.40 increase],” he says. “And there were many councilors in the room.”

By David J. Shuman

David is the current editor-in-chief of The Watch and writes on student issues and events. Find him on Twitter: @DavidJShuman

One reply on “KSU passes referendum question to raise fees”

$10 – its not an unreasonable amount to ask. Cutting activities that lose money is just good sense. Leadership boils down to creating a campus life and atmosphere that engages the students with campus events they are willing to pay for to attend. The genius lies in finding those events that students will pay money to attend and make a profit doing. The reality is KINGs does not have a large enough enrolment to put on events and make a profit unless open up the event to other students from other campuses. Ask Neil Hooper if you can use his gym. Pay for a special carpet to protect the floor – that gym can make money for the school – it can also be renovated to improve acoustics for concerts with a bar. Throw an Ocktober fest with a tent in the quad, have an oompa band, sell real wheat beer draft, oktober fest sausage, ladies wearing a durndle or guys with Leiderhosen and get in free, get yodeling, get drunk. Have a concert in the court. The outdoor stairs to the Library would make a great outdoor stage. You not thinking outside of the box until you get out there and try stuff and market it to the university. Liberal education teaches you to think and solve problems creatively. Or, is Kings just a home for the tax and spend student socialist. We tax you with student levies added on to your tuition then spend in Soviet style on money loosing activities.

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