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    Rana Goodman

    Coming up with $10,000 in 60 days!

    I have read, and heard many comments on the issue of the Villa owners may have to pay a special assessment for grass, and some tree removal within 60 days. and it made me think of questions I would love to hear back from the board.

    Therefore I will forward a request for President, Steve Anderson to talk this over with the board and give us his thoughts.

    I fully understand that we want the facilities to remain in tip-top condition, i.e. “like new,” but I must ask why so many things, all costing a great deal had to be done at the  (or close to) same time.

    For example, 1: removal of the grass, then replacement of landscaping in many areas in “the loop, including sprinkler issues.” 2: Many pieces of new equipment in the gym,      3: the new restaurant remodel, new equipment, decor etc. 4: What about replacement of the landscape where the side-walks are being installed by the city, are they going to pay for that, I doubt it… and more.

    I’m sure many of you have wanted or needed things, but most of us know we must budget and get things as we can afford them. We know it would make little sense to buy many things at once and put ourselves deeply in debt, then have to borrow (similar to a special assessment) when we found we didn’t have the dollars to pay for everything.

    I read one comment that (living in SCA), the villa owners should have no problem paying the funds needed right sway “they may have to delay a cruise for a year”... My goodness, did that person stop to think that over the years not all of us a fortunate enough to be able to keep a healthy “slush fund” to deal with such things. Especially after or dealing a serious illness, expensive medical treatment not covered by Medicare or insurance, death of a spouse, bad turn in the stock market, and many other things that can deplete funds we thought would always be there.

    I know from the years I served on the Senior Citizen’s Advisory Commission that there are quite a few elder seniors that live on fixed incomes in SCA and even quite a few that  receive Meals on Wheels assistance. If any of them are in the villas, I’m sure that they can’t come up with $10,000 is 60 days nor will they be going on cruises this year or next.

    I’d like to have your thoughts on this issue if you’s care to “jump in.”

    Nelson Orth

    There are a number of ways that the board can do to help the Villa owners. The first item that comes to my mind is to cancel the restaurant plan. Just by doing immediately saves the homeowners $300,000 which would be more than enough to assist the Villa homeowners. This restaurant project is a failure from the beginning, which is acknowledged by the board. They have stated that for the first four years after the opening, homeowners can expect the restaurant to lose money. Also, this board rejected to send all homeowners a survey in order to determine their input. Their rationale – it would save the board $5,000. The real answer is that the homeowners would vote to have a restaurant, but not have one dollar come from our pockets. And who in their right mind would knowingly open an establishment that is doomed to failure?

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