Appointments to the Committee on Assessment Appeals

Canon 18.04

Resolved, that Canon XVIII, Section 18.04(a) of the Canons of the Diocese of California be amended as follows (deletions in bold strikethrough text, insertions in bold italic text):

Sec. 18.04.  Committee on Appeals.

(a). Any appeal of an assessment shall be referred to the Committee on Appeals, except clerical or computational errors, which may be corrected by the Treasurer’s office. Promptly following each Annual Convention, the Committee on Appeals shall be established as follows: a Chair appointed by the Bishop and confirmed by the Executive Council; one person appointed by the President Chair of Executive Council; one person appointed by the Finance Committee; and six persons appointed by the Bishop and confirmed by Executive Council, two of whom shall be members of parishes or organized missions whose total operating income for the prior year was less than the average total operating income of all parishes on which the assessment was based, and two of whom shall be members of parishes or organized missions whose total operating income for the prior year was equal to or greater than the average total operating income of all parishes on which the assessment was based. At least three of such six shall be lay persons.

Proponent’s Explanation: 

This proposed change corrects a clerical error in the language of the canon.  The canon as written provides for the appointment of one member of the committee by the President of Executive Council and six members by the Bishop.  But the President of Executive Council is the Bishop, so both titles refer to the same person.  It appears that the original intent was to give one appointment to the presiding officer of Executive Council. The title of the presiding officer is “Chair of Executive Council.”  This canon was overlooked when the titles of the officers of Executive Council were finalized.  The discrepancy was discovered during an Executive Council review of the canons pertaining to its work.

The Bishop is in agreement with this correction.

Submitted by:  David A. Frangquist, Secretary of the Convention, Frangquist@acm.org; and the Executive Council of the Diocese of California.

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