The POA Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve Tom Judson’s (T.J.) plans to ask for an assessment increase, $10 per month on improved lots, and $2 per month on unimproved lots. I don’t know what’s in the Kool-Aid T.J.’s serving at the board meetings, but it should be sent out for analysis. Abraham Lincoln is quoted, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.” Wake up Bella Vista. You’re being played like a fiddle.
I have two issues with the proposed increase. First, I’m opposed to any increase to help provide
the estimated 14 million dollars for the new Community Center, T.J.’s Taj Mahal 4.0. Since becoming a POA member, I have voted for every proposed assessment increase. I believe the POA has done a good job with the monies available to maintain the amenities. However, since T.J. blew into town, the board has given him a blank check to fulfill his every whim. Unfortunately, he is still not satisfied. He wants more and more. He’s now demanding each homeowner give him at least an additional $120 per year to feed his insatiable appetite for more.
Secondly, the proposed increase is unfair as it disproportionally places the burden on improved lot owners. A $10 increase on $24 equates to a 41.6 percent rise, while a $2 increase on $16 equals a 12.5 percent rise. The Board claims the numbers are based on the increase in Social Security benefits since 2001. Has the rate of increases of Social Security for the owners of improved lots been 30 percent higher than the increases of Social Security for the owners of unimproved lots?
The assessment increase must be more equitable, i.e. raise each lot $6 per month. From $24 to $30, and $16 to $22, respectively. According to Tom Judson, there are 20,614 unimproved lots and 13,688 improved lots eligible to vote, as of June 30. The increase as currently structured would raise $2,137,296, with more than 76 percent (76.8 percent) paid by improved lot owners. However, if the increase were restructured to make it more equitable, similar to that outlined above, $2,469,744 could be raised, an additional $332,448, and all lot owners would have the same increase. Unimproved lot owners bought their lot(s) to have access to the amenities, as I once did. They have the same access as improved lot owners, and they should shoulder an equal burden.
In principle, I believe an assessment increase is warranted. However, I will not vote for any assessment increase to build Taj Mahal 4.0, nor one that is so unfair to improved lot owners. If the plan for the new Community Center
is scrapped and replaced with a more modest, less expensive plan to remodel and expand Riordan to include the indoor pool, etc., and, if the increase is restructured to make it fair to all lot owners, I could be on board.
Bill King Bella Vista