WHERE DO MY DUES DOLLARS GO?
This is a question that often comes up. The dues for the HBA of Spartanburg membership are $450 per year. This amount is allocated to three different entities. These entities include The National Association of Home Builders, Home Builders Association of S.C., and HBA of Greater Spartanburg. HBAGS dues have not changed in three years , while the dues of the other two entities have increased. The Board felt that it was important, during economic recovery, to try to absorb the dues increases from the state and national into the HBA budget ; rather than pass it on to our members.
For at least 6 years prior to 2013 HBA dues were $425 with an optional $25 for the S.C. Build Pac. In 2012 the State Board voted to assess each member a onetime fee of $30. For 2013, the Board decided that the dues amount would be $450 with nothing attributed to the Build Pac. The thinking was that most members were used to paying the $450 and would continue to pay this. HBAGS needed the extra $25 to offset the $30 assessment from HBASC.
For at least 6 years prior to 2013, the dues breakdown looked like this:
For 2013, the dues breakdown looked like this:
HBASC 120.00 *
HBASC Board voted to charge a onetime assessment per member of $30 to help cover the shortfall from the decline in membership *
For 2014 , the dues breakdown looked like this:
NAHB dues increase of $16.00. HBASC onetime assessment per member was removed, but dues did increase by $2.00
For 2015, the dues breakdown looks like this:
NAHB dues increase of $16.00. HBASC dues increase of $2.00
For 2015 we see a large increase from the NAHB and a small increase from HBASC. HBA of Spartanburg Board has voted to absorb the increase, rather than raise your dues.
Prior to 2013, HBA Spartanburg received $185 of your $425 in dues. Since then we are receiving an average of $176 of your $450 in dues. On the local level, we have done everything possible to hold the line on the cost of running the association. We are not a large hierarchical organization; but a grass roots organization with leadership consisting of men and women who have a very good understanding of the challenges all of our members face every single day.
So back to the question of where these dollars go.
The NAHB provides support for state and local associations. The available benefits are too numerous to mention, but they range from member discounts to actual consulting services (some are free for members and some are not). But the absolute most important thing they do in Washington is advocacy for the Home Building Industry. They are one of the strongest and most powerful lobbying groups in D.C. They monitor hundreds of regulatory and legislative proposals every year. Their lobbying efforts alone are worth the price of membership.
The same is true on the state level. Mark Nix (HBASC, EO) and Matt Niehaus (HBASC, Lobbyist) are very busy every legislative session, monitoring every proposal that affects the industry. Building codes, land use, energy codes, property taxes, property rights, tort reform, and job site safety are just a few topics that come to mind when thinking of the onerous regulations that could burden the home building industry. These regulations add cost to every home that is built or remodeled.
Finally, the amount that is allocated to HBAGS is allocated to the general operation of the association. The Board , together with the EO, take a very conservative view of all things financial. Expenses have been dramatically reduced. The association has gone from red to black in the last three years. In spite of a very challenging environment, we have achieved financial stability based on solid small business core principals : Work hard, keep overhead low, treat your customers well, provide value.
The three - NAHB, HBASC, and HBAGS –form the nation’s largest and strongest trade association. The declining economy was challenging, but as Home Builders are apt to do….they have tightened their belts and are beginning to see the turn around as a reward. Hang in there – your membership is appreciated and valued.
HBA Spartanburg 12/30/2014