2017 Budget and Assessments
- recent water rate increases (see details below);
- keeping pace with incremental increases to the HOA's regular monthly expenses, such as landscaping services and community management services; and,
- ensuring the HOA maintains a healthy reserve account for future contingencies and common area improvements.
Water Rates and Conservation
Since water bills are a major HOA expense, the board has been working to minimize the financial impact of these rate increase. In particular, the current plan is to initiate a water conservation program based upon a UofA research study; the following is of interest from this study:
"Research by Brown and his UA colleagues demonstrated that certain turf grasses can survive on 20, even 25 percent, less water than optimal - as long as accumulated salts are leached from the soil."
Given the above, the plan is to reduce water consumption by 20-25%. Along with water conservation, our landscape contractor will regularly treat the soil to reduce accumulated salts.
Common Area Maintenance Update
The board also recently finalized the meeting schedule for 2017. Homeowners with questions or concerns for the board are welcomed and encouraged to attend board meetings. As usual, there will also be an annual meeting in April.