POA dues entitle a property owner to use the amenities and facilities of the community; however, as a planned community with maintenance fees, each section had maintenance fees attached to the deed. While people could resign from the POA, maintenance fees were still due and, if not paid, could eventually lead to a lien being placed on the property.
General Manager David Sutton explained how POA attempted to collect past due dues payments. Once dues become delinquent, members are contacted by a collection agency with a soft approach.
"You'd think you were talking to our office," Sutton said.
If that is unsuccessful, additional contact is made through the collection agency. After a year, a lien can be filed on the property for the maintenance fees. The POA does not repossess property due to the cost, but the lien ensures fees are paid when the property sells. Seriously delinquent payments can become a negative finding on a credit report.
Attempts to increase the dues for increased costs have failed recent votes. Someone asked if the POA could have a special assessment for those residents living at Tansi, as those use the majority of the amenities. That, too, would require a vote.
Others have questioned if the non-resident property owners are the reason dues increases fail to pass. Williams said resident members vote by a three-to-one margin against dues increases.
During the question and answer segment, someone asked what it would cost someone who did not pay their dues last year to return to the POA.
Cahill said, "As far as I'm concerned, if you didn't pay last year, pay that and this year with no penalties and no interest."
That didn't sit well with those who had paid their dues.
Kerr said, "We've got to give somewhere. Come back. Get re-involved and let's move forward.
"For those of you that continued to pay, God bless you. You still believe. If you want to come back, God bless you. If you've not decided, keep thinking about it," he added.