POA GM ex­plains 2018 bud­get at meet­ing

Jud­son: Or­ga­ni­za­tion is ex­ceed­ing 2017 pre­dic­tions

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - LYNN ATKINS latkins@nwadg.com

In­stead of a reg­u­lar board work ses­sion on Thurs­day last week, Tom Jud­son, POA gen­eral man­ager, pre­sented the 2018 bud­get to an au­di­ence of about 20 mem­bers in Rior­dan Hall. This week, the board will vote on both the bud­get and the fee sched­ule for 2018.

“We’re hav­ing a tremen­dous year,” Jud­son said, ex­plain­ing that the POA, as a whole. is do­ing $1.8 mil­lion bet­ter than the 2017 bud­get pre­dicted. He cred­ited ac­count­abil­ity, ex­plain­ing that his depart­ment heads wrote their own bud­gets and were held to them.

Jud­son as­sured the au­di­ence that, al­though the board has used re­served funds to make some needed im­prove­ments over the past few years, there will al­ways be enough re­serves to cover emer­gen­cies. Emer­gency re­serves are $1.2 mil­lion for the POA and

$500,000 for the wa­ter util­ity.

But re­serves are get­ting lower and, in 2019, an as­sess­ment in­crease will be nec­es­sary to keep im­prov­ing the ameni­ties, he said.

In 2017, the only de­part­ments not do­ing bet­ter than bud­get are Golf and Food and Bev­er­age. Golf is strug­gling be­cause of two course clo­sures, Jud­son said. Berks­dale was com­pletely closed for weeks after the April flood and only opened nine holes in late June. A sec­ond course, High­lands, was closed for two months while the col­lars around the greens were re­planted.

Food and Bev­er­age ex­pe­ri­enced de­lays open­ing restau­rants at Lake­point and the Coun­try Club. Lake­point opened late, but the Coun­try Club is still closed for ren­o­va­tions.

Later in the pre­sen­ta­tion, Jud­son said that many po­si­tions bud­geted for in 2017 were never filled be­cause work­ers could not be found. That helped keep la­bor costs down in golf main­te­nance as well as some other de­part­ments. There was also some rev­enue that prob­a­bly won’t be re­peated, in­clud­ing a back pay­ment on as­sess­ment by a large multi-lot owner. It was also a good year for in­vest­ment in­come.

Next year, fees will go up for golf, swim­ming pools and boat slip rentals.

In 2018, all the golf cour­ses will be open, with the ex­cep­tion of two months this win­ter when the bunkers at Dog­wood will be re­placed. Also, the golf bud­get in 2018 will in­clude play man­agers who will be em­ployed part-time be­tween April and Septem­ber. The play man­agers were dis­con­tin­ued due to money is­sues in 2013.

The bud­get for both the pro shops and golf main­te­nance will be up in 2018. Most of the cap­i­tal ex­penses in golf are to re­place ag­ing equip­ment, in­clud­ing mow­ers and trucks. The bunkers at Dog­wood, a cap­i­tal ex­pense of just un­der $300,000, is the ex­cep­tion.

With ren­o­va­tions to the coun­try club ex­pected to be com­plete by the first of the year, the only cap­i­tal ex­pense for the Food and Bev­er­age Divi­sion will be for a used util­ity van. Both Lake­point and the new pub at the High­lands should be open the en­tire year, and the coun­try club will prob­a­bly be open for at least 11 months.

Ad­di­tional salaries were added to Main­te­nance and Con­struc­tion, Jud­son said. Since it’s been dif­fi­cult to find con­trac­tors to take on the small jobs, he thinks hir­ing ad­di­tional main­te­nance work­ers will help fill that gap.

Re­cre­ation will have some sig­nif­i­cant cap­i­tal ex­penses in the form of a ren­o­va­tion and ad­di­tion at Branch­wood. The lobby and re­strooms will be com­pletely ren­o­vated, a new ex­er­cise space will be added to the back of the build­ing and the ex­er­cise equip­ment will be housed there, leav­ing the cur­rent ex­er­cise space open for classes. The Branch­wood pro­ject will cost $998,000 and work may be­gin early in 2018.

Other re­cre­ation ex­penses in­clude up­grades to the RV park, ren­o­va­tions to the Met­field pool area and some im­prove­ments to the ten­nis courts.

The beach at Lake Avalon will be opened in 2018, and fees to use the beach will be col­lected. Beach fees will be the same as the fees for out­door pools. Out­door pool fees for non­mem­bers will go from $2.75 to $3.

The wa­ter util­ity bud­get is sep­a­rate from the POA bud­get, and Jud­son pro­posed a $3.6 mil­lion up­grade to the me­ter sys­tem. Ev­ery me­ter will be re­placed with a me­ter that can be read in­stantly from the wa­ter of­fice. Cus­tomers will be able to ac­cess that in­for­ma­tion from their smart­phones or com­put­ers.

Not only will cus­tomers be able to see how changes like a new wash­ing ma­chine will af­fect their wa­ter bills, it will also help the wa­ter util­ity de­tect leaks quickly. Both the cus­tomer and the wa­ter util­ity will save money through quick re­pairs.

In­come for the POA with­out wa­ter is bud­geted at to be $18,104,00 mil­lion in 2018, com­pared to $17,068,000 listed in the 2017 bud­get. Ex­penses listed for 2018 are slightly higher than in­come at $18,259,000.

The board is ex­pected to vote on the bud­get and the fee sched­ule at its reg­u­lar meet­ing Thurs­day at 6:30 p.m.

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