President’s Comments May 2017 Board Meeting
By: Tom Sopko, President
The Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, April 29, 2017. About eighty were in attendance. They learned that the Association is solvent; 2016 was operated within a balanced budget; the Association was in their new Office; there are no dues or assessment increases; improvements that have been made to the amenities; status of the Clubs; and the Association’s future plans. Important items to the Members were being able to recycle trash, the condition of properties, safety on the water, and Member in arrears for dues and assessments. Following the Meeting there was a reception with the Board and the Members. Then there were tours of the new Office.
Following the Annual Meeting and tours of the new Office, the Board met for their annual reorganizational meeting. The Board Officer positions and the Standing Committees remain the same for 2017 as they were in 2016.
The Board and the Association Manager met with Roger Corlett, the Ashtabula County Auditor on April 22, 2017. Three important points that came out of the Meeting is that (1) no one in the Association is paying a Road Tax, (2) everyone pays about the same property tax rate regardless of whether you live on a Village, Township, County, or Association owned road. (3) The Road Assessment to the Association is by virtue of each Association Member buying into the Homeowners Association. Mr Corlett will hold a follow up meeting with the Members in September, target date September 23.
The RomeRock Association is a Homeowners Association (HOA). It means that we collectively pay for the operation and the amenities. Roads, pools, pavilions, volley ball court, tennis court, RL lots etc. are common amenities. If this is a concept that you cannot embrace, then maybe, it’s time you look elsewhere for another Community to live in. You bought into this HOA concept when you bought your property. It is not a new concept instituted by this Board or past Boards. It was instituted by the Developer in the 1960s before turning the property over to the Association. The HOA has been in place going on 51 years. HOA’s are a very common practice by this Lake Community, the RRA, as well as other lake communities. It is also a very common practice for condo associations, and groups of homes. This Board is not going to move to an a la carte system of paying for roads, pools and other amenities; it would be an impossible task.