Minutes of November 6th Meeting:
Vice Chairman John Bajumpaa called the meeting to order at 7:44 P.M. The members present introduced themselves, identifying their affiliation with the 4Cs, whether representing a member club or as individual members.
Previous Meeting Minutes:
The minutes of the August 7, 2017 meeting were accepted as published in the November 2017 issue of The Voice.
John Jarush presented his Treasurer’s report, stating the closing balances as of October 31, 2017. A motion to accept the Treasurer’s report was made, seconded and accepted as presented.
Dave Bajumpaa reported that the bipartisan budget, Senate Bill 1502, that is waiting for the Governor’s action, does not contain anything adverse to the antique auto hobby. Specifically, there is no change to the current maximum $500 assessment on antique, rare or special interest motor vehicles. Contrary to recent published speculation, Senate Bill 1502 does not repeal property taxes on all motor vehicle taxes beginning with the next fiscal year. Conversely, what the budget bill does is raise the mill rate cap placed on all motor vehicle taxes from 32 to 39 mills. For this year, the bill allows municipalities to decide (by December 15) if they want to send out supplemental tax bills if their current town mill rate is now above 32 mils. This rate cap is to increase to 45 mills next year. The downside to the proposed budget bill is that it will still produce significant deficits, projected to run as large as $1.87 billion in 2019, and $2.59 billion in 2020 This will continue to pressure the Legislature to find savings and revenue address the deficits, and auto hobbyists interests could well be vulnerable. The 4Cs will continue to closely follow and report on the Legislature’s activities.
Election of Officers:
The existing slate of officers was nominated and unanimously re-elected to the terms for their
respective positions. Members at Large are two-year terms; the others are all one-year. This year, Ken Useted’s position was included in the election; next year, Scott Macgregor’s position will be up for election.
4Cs Car Show:
John Bajumpaa reported that to date, no club nor individuals have inquired about taking over the NEAM show in June. NEAM may be running its own car shows without specific car club support. Regardless, the 4Cs is prepared to make its prior-show participant mailing list available to whomever might be producing a NEAM-related car show. Given that one of our Car Show’s objectives has been to raise awareness about the 4Cs, Bob Balkow (Membership Secretary) noted that he receives very few new memberships; fortunately renewals reliably come through. This highlights the need for us to devise new and better ways to attract new member clubs. Potential new members could come from younger enthusiast specializing in tuner cars and drifters. Activities in these groups have been becoming more prevalent.
Website and Calendar of Events:
Following up on John Scheib’s discussion regarding the changes to the Klingberg Show at the August meeting, John Jarush confirmed there will be a format change next year. Instead of a single-date show, the plan to host a series of show events, featuring selected car makes and types, through the months of April, May and June. These will be shorter in duration than the previous shows and will have a reduced entrance fee. This change came about because their show had been growing each year, straining the venue and resources to capacity.
There being no additional business, the Meetingadjourned at 8:16 P.M.