OUTGOING JOINT Treasurers, Joe Queenan and Seamus Cronin, have warned that major fund raising initiatives would be required in 2013 to fund the day-to-day running costs of the County Board and the new Centre of Excellence project at Scarden.
Mr. Cronin explained that the Board's finances would be in a much more serious situation if it wasn't for the fund raising draw which was held last year. The Board was playing catch-up with their finances and the reality was that a similar draw would have to be held again in 2013. They could not meet their day to day running costs without it.
Highlighting some of the figures in the accounts, Mr. Cronin noted that gate receipts from club matches was up by €6,000 but he admitted they had made a mistake by putting on the County Intermediate final under floodlights on a Friday evening. They would have to consider moving this fixture back to Markievicz Park.
There had been a slight decrease in gate receipts for National League games (€21,671) and he didn't think there would be any improvement here in the coming year as Division Three League games were not proving attractive to supporters
He said that while the accounts showed an increase in team expenses, up from €328,219 to €400,433, it had to be realised that €80,000 of this was accocunted for by the trip to New York for the opening game of last year's Connacht Championship.
He noted there was a figure of €20,000 in the accoutns for CCC expenses but explained that this related to the costs of medals and trophies for all competitions, from U.12s right up to senior championships.
Mr. Queenan echoed the need for a major fund raising draw in the county. The only alternative would be to put a levy on clubs and nobody wanted to do that.
There were a number of fund raising options which could be considered but the bottom line was that the County Board would have to raise in the region of €100,000 to meet their day to day running costs, Mr. Queenan explained.