Annual Budget Drive Exceeds Goal, but unexpected budget increases arise. The drive for pledges for the 2017-2018 budget year, which begins July 1, has exceeded its original goal of $300,000 by $4,000 as of March 22. Meanwhile, the Finance Committee is grappling with a challenging budget process because of some unforeseen increases in projected expenses, such as staff compensation and health insurance, and building utilities. Pledges from a few members who have not yet pledged would help alleviate the stress of cutting program funds to meet these critical needs. If you haven’t pledged for 2017-18 and are able, please contact Shaye in the office (706-546-7914) for the ways to pledge.