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Guest Celestine

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From a parliamentary standpoint, perhaps.  I'm not aware of a specific prohibition, but it would be unusual.  You might have legal problems and general unrest from the membership if you try to impose something retroactively.  Perhaps even revolt. :o

Edited to add:  Keep checking back.  Someone might know abot a parliamentary prohibition that I'm not aware of.

A one time assessment might be another way to solve the problem.  Then make the dues increase  effective with the next membership year.

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5 hours ago, Guest Celestine said:

Can the assembly make the effect date of bylaws retroactive

imposing an increase in dues?

In general, yes, retroactive motions are allowed.

Such a motion is done all the time to correct errors which took away credits or seniority from members due to a bookkeeping errors or clerical errors which were not the fault of the poor victimized member.


Funny, we just had a thread like this.

An organization pondered,

• "What would happen if we set dues annually, by motion, and we 'forget' to adopt a motion for the new year, and it is already past January 1st?"

In my hypothetical example, when the board meets in Februrary, the board will likely adopt a motion worded similarly to this:

• "As of January 1, 2017, dues shall be fixed at $N.NN."



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