Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) is 52-weeks long, running July 4, 2011 to July 1, 2012. Co-op bylaw 6.2 requires that management prepare an annual budget with input from the Board and its Finance Committee, the Board approves the budget, and a consolidated version of the budget is published and distributed to the Owners.

The FY12 budget was approved by the Board on June 21st with the expectation that it appropriately sets goals and meets the varying needs of our growing grocery Cooperative that is now comprised of two retail stores, one central kitchen, 280 staff, and 28,000 Owners. Some of the key contemplations in this year’s budget process included the impact of a full year of Willy West operations, Willy East road and parking lot construction, local/national/global economic challenges, food inflation, health insurance rate increases, Fair Share equity growth, voluntary debt prepayment, initiatives requiring significant investment, equipment needing replaced, and needed facility improvements.

FY12 Budget by the Numbers     
[The below numbers are rounded.]   
 $31,000,000 in total budgeted sales   
 $20,000,000 in cost of goods sold (64% of sales)  
 $6,000,000 in total wage expense (19% of sales)  
 $2,000,000 in benefits, taxes, and other personnel related expenses (7% of sales) 
 $400,000 in accelerated debt prepayment   
 $300,000 in capital expenditures (see accompanying capital budget) 
 $300,000 in debit/credit card processing fees  
 $300,000 in utility expenses   
 $300,000 in repair and maintenance expenses  
 $200,000 in Access (need-based) discounts   
 $200,000 in new Fair Share equity payments  
 $50,000 in non-owner surcharge revenue   
 $(68,000) projected net loss   
Approved FY12 Operating Budget    
The operating budget is a detailed projection of sales and expenses to support and guide day-to-day Co-op operations.
  FY12 Budget FY11 Actual
  $ % of sales $ % of sales
Total Sales $31,073,500 100.0% $27,760,130 100.0%
Cost of Goods ($19,933,099) -64.1% ($18,065,515) -65.1%
Gross Margin $11,140,401 35.9% $9,694,614 34.9%
Personnel Costs $8,077,100 26.0% $7,248,455 26.1%
Other Operating Expenses $3,208,807 10.3% $2,596,019 9.4%
Total Operating Expenses $11,285,907 36.3% $9,844,473 35.5%
Income (Loss) from Operations ($145,506) -0.5% ($149,859) -0.5%
Other Income (Expenses) $77,506 0.2% $219,438 0.8%
New Store Pre-Opening Expenses $0 0.0% ($219,125) -0.8%
Total Other Income (Expenses) $77,506 0.2% $313 0.0%
Income Tax Expense $0 0.0% $33,258 0.0%
Net Income (Loss) ($68,000) -0.2% ($116,288) -0.4%


Approved FY12 Capital Budget  
The capital budget includes significant, long term investments to support strategic initiatives (sales growth and/or operational efficiency), equipment replacement, or facility improvement.
Item $ Comment
East parking lot, Phase II $100,000 Redevelop balance of East parking lot.
Culinary Management Software $66,000 Recipe development and costing software for Kitchen.
Bulk aisle overhaul - Phase II $22,000 Finish the East bulk aisle overhaul begun in FY11 by replacing bulk liquid fixtures and shelving.
Web presence - significant upgrade $20,000 Upgrade to website, more functionality for owners when logged in, shopping lists, enewsletter, etc.
Citrix server $15,000 Host server for Citrix, enabling any Windows application to be virtualized and centralized
Jenifer Street landscaping, Phase II $10,000 Phase II grading, planting, and general space improvement.
Energy efficiency project $7,500 Earmarked for project identified by Mpower and Sustainability Committee.
Hand held scanners (3) $7,500 Smart hand held scanners for staff use on the floor.
Olive bar $6,000 Olive bar addition to current West salad bar.
Health & Wellness Aisle Signs $2,700 Aisle signs for West HABA department.
Unallocated/Contingency $43,300 Unallocated is reserved for contingency and for projects that require additional planning before approved.
Total $300,000  

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