2018 Budget and Assessments
The primary consideration for this increase is an expected water rate increase from the City of Tempe. In particular, the city is expecting to raise rates by 7% in 2018 (on top of the previous rate increase of 20% in 2016). Water bills represent over 25% of the HOA's expenses, so rate increases have a major impact on HOA finances.
Painted Utility Boxes
This year, board member Jeff Johnson was visiting NAU and saw how they improved the appearance of utility boxes using students' artwork. He proposed to the board that we do something similar for our neighborhood. As shown below, the board decided to go with a camouflage color to give the boxes a uniform appearance and partially conceal them.