Associations need to levy special assessments after

Brummer and Cuolahan wasted their money!

An Opinion By Jan Bergemann 
President, Cyber Citizens For Justice, Inc. 

Published April 14, 2009


That's the way it works: After burdening the owners with more cost by creating a tax district Brummer and Cuolahan have to admit that money is short in the Palm-Aire condo associations. Special assessments had to be levied and the maintenance fees increased!


The official excuse used is that owners will have to pay up for delinquent fees for other owners. 

See: Palm Aire owners will pay up for delinquent fees for other owners

But that's not the only reason. Lots of money has been wasted -- without the owners consent! Money was taken from the association accounts to create the Palm-Aire Taxing District, Vice Mayor George Brummer's pet project, and Christmas bonuses have been paid to various people, just to name a few issues. Forensic audits discovered quite a few more irregularities in various condos in Palm -Aire. 


Nobody asked the owners about spending that money -- actually, dictatorial methods were used to subdue any opponents daring to point out the violations of Florida statutes.


And isn't it amazing that exactly the two people who pushed for the creation of the tax district and were the main players pushing for taking the money from the association funds without input or consent of the owners, are now the people who make the loudest noise about "common responsibility" and  "common ownership"?


Just look at these quotes:

Association President George Cuolahan said. "A condominium is owned in common."  

And Vice Mayor George Brummer was quoted: He, too, believes people don't "realize they are responsible collectively."  


Where was this attitude when the association money was taken without asking the owners? Considering the history of people like Brummer and Cuolahan these statements are just pathetic.


The money wasted in the last few years for pet projects by people like Brummer and Cuolahan would come in real handy now. But as long as people with private agendas are allowed to waste other peoples' money without being held accountable, owners are required to pay more and more -- until they are flat broke!


I said it last year and I'll say it again: 

Elected officials like George Brummer are detrimental to citizens' finances! 

When will Florida voters ever learn?