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Greetings to the patrons of the Merry Rose in Cheapside from Konrad der
Earl Dafydd's recent post regarding the Kingdom finances was quite
interesting and raised some good questions. I have not seen Master Thomas'
letter so I find it difficult to comment in good faith. But there are
several points I would like to make or have clarified:
1. The GOofS stipend - $75 per reign - I believe this is for "office
supplies" and postage with reciepts is paid beyond the stipend. This could
explain some of the $1000 postage. I don't have my Red Tape here at work
but I belive this is the way it is listed.
2. Postage - $1000 - Part of this is probably from GOofS as stated above
and I would guess that part is from mailing the OAK and university catalogs.
I believe at Curia Lady Anne indicated that the average cost of mailing the
Acorn was $300. I would expect an issue of the OAK to be about the same.
3. Royal Regalia - $1200 - This one does not make sense to me. At Curia
Her Majesty asked for $500 (max) for repair and replacement of regalia.
This sounds like the price of the new crowns commissioned by the previous
monarchs which I believed were paid for by donations from the Baronies.
Also, if this is 10% of the Kingdom gross reciepts, then the Kingdom gross
4. Income - What was this last year? What was the short fall? What about
the reciepts from the sale of Gold authorization cards which goes directly
into the Kingdom travel fund. I don't know how many fighters have Gold
cards, this may be an insignificant amout, but it is $4 per card.
I agree with Earl Dafydd that we need to look at cutting the budget before
we raise taxes.