Another Dues Increase

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  • #2607

    Editor
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    We invite your comments concerning the increase in dues for 2009 by the Diamondhead Country Club and Property Owners Association, Inc.

    #2606

    Anonymous

    The very first line of the opening letter was a joke, right? They have been working hard to control expenses? So if I’m correct they have purchased new trucks, new maintenance carts, new mowers and probably untold other items all this year! Oh, I almost forgot, new flag sticks. Oh yes, they moved the 19th hole and restaurant back up to the country club for a cost of $85K! Are we preparing for the influx of non-paying golfers, tennis players and pool people from the casinos? Maybe the deals with the casinos should be more concerned with their coverage of these items as part of their responsibilities. You can’t be spending forward into future years income! Not a way to run a business.

    #2608

    Summer
    Member

    Mr. Alfonso,

    If I posted how I felt about the dues increase, your computer would explode. It seems there are enough unhappy people in Diamondhead that we could or should have a recall of the POA and Board.

    Maybe we need an attorney to see if this agreement with Purcell can be broken and then we can have a voice.

    November’s Diamondhead Society Newspaper mentioned that we would not have a increase in our dues. Maybe I misread or the POA is not capable of making the right decisions.

    #2611

    Woody
    Member

    This board was voted into office vowing fiscal reform. They have failed to provide the nessary controls on spending to the point where they now need to increase our yearly dues by 14%. Like the majority of people here in Diamondhead, no one in my household uses any of the so-called amenities that continue to show failed profitability. $700,000 in overrun costs for the amenities? It’s long past time for the people using the amenities to either ante up the additional moneys to make these amenities profitable or we, the real POA, need to see to it that the amenities are shut down. Perhaps the POA should be canvased, much like the wasted costs for Cityhood, and by majority referendum have the amenities shut down perminately!!

    #2612

    milinda
    Member

    Here I am sitting in Pa reading all these comments about the dues increase & I have yet received a letter informing me. When was the letter mailed? What happens if we don’t pay our dues? Do they put a lien on our property?
    Due to all the conflict on the southside we have chosen not to rebuild. If the property’s value keeps decreasing I won’t have the land & the POA won’t have its dues as long as I pay the taxes.

    #2613

    Editor
    Moderator

    Attached is a copy of the letter you should receive shortly. Sorry to bring you the bad news. I’ll bet its cold there too.

    Attached files Due increase 2009.PDF (55.9 KB)Â

    #2651

    Eags753
    Member

    Woody

    I can understand your rage over the dues increases and I share your fustration over this decision. However, under the turn over agreement with Percell we are unable to disolve the amenities such as the country club, swimming pools, tennis courts, etc. etc. without being in default of the agreement. It is rare that a municipal run golf course or country club is operated on a profit basis. The challenge is to operate them at the lowest net loss possible. This has not been the case in Diamondhead. In my opinion, the management of the amenities and attention to cost have been neglected by previous POA boards and continues to be mismanaged by the present members. For example, the security department overspend their budget by $60,000. If this department’s expendures been properly managed and proper procedures in place this could have not happened. I am quite sure the same holds true for the country club and golf courses. And rather than hold the department heads accountable the board simply raises the dues. My dues are almost as much as my Hancock County property tax. And….just wait until they add the municipal taxes and fees on top of this. Some are under the false impression that if and when Diamondhead incorporates the dues will disappear. They will not. The dues will remain, the fire fees will remain, the outrages water fees will remain and the streets will stay private which means municipal police will have no authority to enforce traffic laws. Because of this, unless they pull some sort of rabbit out their hats, we will still have to employ security personnel. Members cost will rise and the services will remain the same. I am sad to say but the future of Diamondhead does not look bright in my eyes.

    #2652

    milinda
    Member

    Thanks for the info. I did eventually receive the letter.
    Athough we are getting burned by Diamondhead I still love the south. Maybe some day we will be back down in the area to live.

    #2653

    Woody
    Member

    The real question becomes at what point does the outrage of the majority of people here in the POA require that we just stop paying our dues and ride the resultant property liens until such time as a real representative board takes over and actually represents the majority?

    At what point, lacking any (ANY) funding from the majority of POA members, does the golf courses have to shut down – saving the POA members hundreds of thousands of dollars? What about the club house for that matter – or the pools? At what point do we, the actual voting members of the POA gain anything from Silver Slipper Card Holders using for free that which we have yet be extorted to pay for? Will they provide us a better income than that from Jacobs? What has the board already gained from the Silver Slipper people behind our backs, while suppposedly representing us? Money, other benefits?

    And most important of all, what does it take to remove yet another bunch of self serving, idiots from office when they insist on misrepresetning the POA memebers for their own financial benefit? When do we, the voting majority of POA members actually get to have a say in the dues extorted from us?

    Interesting questions, don’t you think?

    #2654

    milinda
    Member

    I am with you on this one. I have faithfully paid my dues and what have I received. The Diamondhead paper. Pretty expensive won’t you say. They made us take down perfectly good pilings that are in the ground 20 feet.
    We had been paying our water for 3 years. Now that I stopped they threaten to shut off our water. Go ahead. We haven’t used it in 3 years. And on top of it we have a fire hydrant on our property just to the left of our driveway.
    We are paying our taxes and our liability insurance on the property until we can dispose of it. I am saddened about all of this because I so loved the area, the people and the food.

    #2699

    edrich65
    Member

    Another year, another increase in POA dues! This time it is a fourteen plus percent increase over 2008 dues. Could someone explain the me what additional services we’re getting from this increase? The POA dues have nearly doubled in the 8 years I have been living in Diamondhead. Enough is enough! During this same period of time the operating losses of the golf courses and Country Club have spiraled upward also. Would board members of a corporation allow this type of “fiscal responsibility” to occur? It’s time that the costs associated with enjoying the amenities be adjusted to meet the operating expenses. I’m sick of my POA dues being used to subsidize the recreational activities of others. Here’s a novel idea, if you want to play golf then pay a reasonable fee that does not take money out of my pocket for you to play. And I’m tired of hearing the worn out argument that I should read the covenants. The covenants are not a blank check to cover the escalating losses from golf operations.

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