Per this request by Jim Mayfield, former Vice President & Treasurer of the Sun City Anthem Board and former Chairman of the Finance Committee, Anthem Opinions is more than pleased to present these comments to our readers.
Former Sun City Anthem Vice President
Speaks Out on Recent Budget Mailing to Residents
We received the annual mandatory budget mailer in today's mailer. I have reviewed the budget in detail as well as the materials sent with the budget mailer.
I submit the following comments for your consideration and/or publication.
1. The "Summary Budget" does not contain any information that compares the 2018 draft budget to the adopted 2017 budget.
Furthermore, a comparison is not provided of the 2018 draft budget to the projected actual financial statements for 2017.
Without these comparisons, unit owners have no way access the expected actual to budget performance for 2017 OR to see how spending priorities are budgeted to change between 2017 and 2018.
2. The Budget mailer does not include a proxy form or return envelope for unit owners to use to vote for or against the budget.
This is a change from prior years.
Instead, the cover letter states that if a unit owner desires to vote for or against the budget, the unit owner should see NRS 116.311.
(So much for transparency and encouraging unit owner participation in the governance of SCA.)
The strategy is obvious: Don't raise the dues and hope the unit owners don't care how their money is spent and find it too hard to find out to bother.
3. The capital budget includes an authorization of $45,000 for "chairs, outlets, storage shed, BBQ tables and benches for the Pickleball court area.
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