Should funding a repair fund be included as a line item in the budget?

by Mary Bartlein
(Sarasota, FL)

Should funding a Major Repair Fund be included as an expense line item in the budget? In other words, we have a separate savings account for major building repairs that we fund monthly by transferring money from the regular operating checking account to the fund. If we have a major repair (new A/C unit, new roof, etc) we pay for it out of the fund, which is an MMI.

We have an ongoing debate whether or not the monthly funding should be a line item on the budget P&L. All we're doing is "sweeping" money into the fund for future use. If we do have a major repair it should be considered a Capital Improvement. So, it seems that it doesn't make sense to make it an expense line item in the budget.

Thanks for any light you can shed on this.

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Dec 28, 2015
Transfers show on the Balance Sheet, not the Profit and Loss Statement
by: Anonymous

Sweeping or transferring money (whether monthly, annually, etc.) from one bank account to another does not constitute an expense and therefore should not be on a Profit and Loss statement.

It will show up on your Balance Sheet as a Current Asset > Checking/Savings). It simply a relocation of cash assets and it’s not uncommon for organizations to have multiple bank, checking or savings accounts.

The expense happens when the money is spent, i.e. on a major repair (expensed), or as a Fixed Asset subject to a depreciation expense. It certainly is prudent to set aside a monthly amount to save money in order to deal with these type of expenses or purchases when they need to happen.

Sep 14, 2015
Yes, Budget for Funds
by: JImw

This worked well in our church. If accumulating funds for the new lawnmower or HVAC repair is not done, then each one results in a crisis appeal to the congregation. If it's not budgeted, the only hope you have is sweeping any surplus into a fund at the end of the year. Assuming there is a surplus. And assuming your Council doesn't decide to buy new computers or redecorate the office with the surplus instead of saving it.

Aug 24, 2015
Budget change?
by: Lewis in NC

My comment on this is: If it isn't broken; don't fix it!

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