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Clarificadtion response to a previous question

An 80 old organizadtion created a "new" classification of membership 20 years ago. Thie dues for this classification per organizational reasons were set $100 higher than regular members at that time. The dues are contained in the by-laws and therefore must be changed by an amendent to the by-laws and subject to proper notification. Historic parctice based on the originial amendment to create the "new" classification has been to maintain the $100 differential through many cycles of dues increases over time. The proper notice for the last cycle duly contained the the $100 differential. when the by-law change motion was duly moved and seconded, an amendment from the floor was moved and seconded to change the differential to $10. the reason was the fear of losing the members in the "new" classification.

is the amendment in order?

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Since you say the exact amount of the dues is specified in the bylaws, and the differential is only in there secondarily (i.e. that's the number you get if you subtract the smaller amount from the larger one), it seems that all that is needed is to stay within scope for each of the two member categories.

Suppose the 'regular' members currently pay dues of $250 and the 'new' people pay $350. If the notice proposed increasing dues by $110 to $360 and $460, then it would be possible to stay within scope and have the two numbers end up within $10 of each other -- e.g. 'regular' members go to $340 and 'new' members stay at $350 (both within scope). However, if the proposed increase was less than $90, I don't see how you could stay within scope for both member categories, and still end up with only $10 difference between them. It really looks like a simple math problem at its core.

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