MEMBERS are to be balloted in June on whether to accept a 4% increase in subscription rates from 2002, Council heard this week.
Under its five year strategy the Institution plans to increase subscriptions by 1% above inflation over the period, to generate an extra £1M income.
Proposals will see subscriptions for retired members increase to 25% of the full members rate over two years.
Until recently most retired members paid no subscription at all. However, following abolition of the '50 year rule' in 2000 (NCE 7 October 1999), fees have risen to £30 this year, and a proposed £35 next, by the ICE.
The increase is considered to be a fair reflection of the service received by retired members.
Associate & Technician members also face increases of around £10 - more than double the 4% average - as part of a progression towards a simpler structure under single membership.
The extra income is needed to fund more local activities and to develop a number of technology driven initiatives, says finance director Ian Powney.
This includes around £110,000 a year for continued development of the ICE's global website in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers, and an additional £200,000 for the MEMSYS project.