This is a personal op-ed. Since the FB page and website are unofficial and operated/funded by me, I’m taking this opportunity to voice my opinion on the proposed dues/fee increases, in order to get the word out.
There was an informational meeting yesterday at the clubhouse, attended by a dozen or so owners. As of yesterday about 16 ballots for the proposed increase had been received. They are not opened yet and won’t be until a later time after the deadline I assume. Overall there seems to be little, if any, objection to the increase. People seem to “get it” even if they don't like it.
For anyone that’s on the fence, I’d like to impress upon you that the homeowners association needs your support. In order to maintain the level of maintenance and upkeep we enjoy, it will take more money. It would take even more if we didn’t have the many volunteers who put in unlimited hours doing what needs to be done. We need to continually invest in the association to maintain our standards because we don’t live in a bubble. Expenses go up everywhere and LOTO is no exception. If you were to compare our dues/fees to any other homeowner association with the amenities we have, it would tell you a story of what a deal we are getting. I have checked other organizations similar in size and it is obvious. We get a lot of value out of our dues/fees because we have, and have had, a board that does a lot with a little. Their sense of duty to being financial responsible cannot be questioned. In fact, many of them use funds out of their own pocket here and there in order to cover small expenses. Many of our homeowners do the same for the association. We are a lucky community.
So please don’t assume it will pass and you don’t need to send in your ballot. A “yes” ballot will not only insure the board has the tools to operate responsibly, but it also shows your support for what’s in the best interest of everyone as a whole. The ballots must be postmarked by December 19th to be valid, please remember that.
Thanks for allowing me to give my two cents.