Research by a respected international polling firm affirms that an overwhelming majority of Americans who live in community associations are satisfied with their communities, a finding that refutes those who use anecdotal evidence to paint a negative image of common-interest communities.
More than seven in 10 community association residents say they are satisfied with their community association experience, according to the survey conducted by Zogby International. Only 9 percent express dissatisfaction, with 19 percent neutral on the question.
The survey was sponsored by the Foundation for Community Association Research, a non-profit organization created in 1975 to facilitate greater understanding of community associations.
These findings are consistent with earlier national surveys conducted by Zogby and the Gallup Organization. The latest survey confirms and reinforces what community association residents told Zogby previously, including:
• They believe their association board members strive to serve the best interests of the community.
• They think their community managers provide value and support to the association.
• They believe association rules protect and enhance property values.
• They are satisfied with the return they get on their association assessments.
• They do not welcome additional government intrusion in their communities.
Eighty-eight percent of community association residents believe their association board members strive to serve the best interests of the community. Almost 50 percent say this is “absolutely” true, while about 40 percent say it is true “for the most part.” Ten percent say it is not true, which is consistent with the 9 percent of residents who express differing levels of dissatisfaction with their associations.
Developed and enforced to maintain community aesthetics and protect property values, community association rules are often the source of friction between associations and individual residents. Although some residents would prefer to see fewer restrictions, 74 percent believe community association rules “protect and enhance” property value. Only 3 percent say rules harm property values, while about 22 percent see no difference. Rules can involve architectural elements, pets, landscaping, parking and fences.
Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association will hold its annual property owners meeting on Saturday, July 30, at Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse. Registration, ballot collection and social hour all begins at 9 a.m. The meeting will be called to order at 10 a.m.
Property owners are encouraged to attend in order to meet other association members, express their thoughts and suggestions and be informed of what the association has been doing. Owners who wish to speak are encouraged to do so during the public comment section of the agenda. Board members and staff will be present to hear owner input and concerns. Keep in mind that this meeting is a meeting of the owners and not a board meeting. Remedies requiring action by the board can only be addressed at a duly noticed meeting of the board. Only the owners can take action at annual meetings of the owners; and only on those items placed on the properly noticed agenda. By statute, the ownership can only take action on items raised at the meeting if the matter is requested to be added to the agenda by an owner in writing to the secretary or president of the board at least 10 days prior to the date of notice of the meeting.
As a courtesy, the association asks that property owners plan their remarks to last no longer than three minutes. Board members enjoy visiting with property owners; however, the meeting agenda is always full, and the three-minute limit ensures that all business gets conducted. This doesn’t mean big issues can’t be presented. If your concern requires more time, please summarize it in three minutes, and the board may add it to the agenda for the next monthly board meeting.
Don’t expect an immediate response. Board members do not act independently. All issues require discussion and sometimes a vote. Sometimes an immediate answer is possible, but it’s just as likely that you won’t get a response until after such time that the board can consider the issue thoroughly.