No dues increase for American Dental Association member dentists this year.
The ADA House of Delegates Oct. 21 approved the 2009 Association budget—without adopting a dues increase. Dues in 2009 will remain at their current level of $498.Yes, Flap is a member.
On Monday, the House directed the Board of Trustees to limit operating expenses to $115, 227,200, about $2 million less than what the Board proposed this summer when it recommended a $14 dues increase to balance the budget. Revenues for 2009 are anticipated to be $115,927,850.
After culling through nine areas of the operating budget, the Board came back the next day and proposed cuts totaling about $2 million, a number which was adjusted slightly after House discussion. This adjustment resulted in a projected deficit of about $11,000 (too small to require a dues increase).
But, it is increasingly difficult to justify the expense when over $100.00 of the California Dental Association dues component is donated to politicians and my local component is giving $100 per year to a local state-funded Community College to fund Dental Hygienists education.
The ADA and its two other components have turned into a big government supporting bureucracy and not the advocacy group for dentists and community health as it once was.
A shame really as the membership shrinks with each passing year.
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