Article Courtesy of The Ledger
An Opinion By Rudy Sullivan
Published December 5, 2018
Community homeowners’ associations are unconstitutional.
Those who own homes in HOAs pay the same taxes as those who live in the city but
with very few of the benefits. They must also pay the assessment required by the
association for services such as road maintenance, street lighting, pool and
tennis courts upkeep, thus the double taxation. The city does not provide any of
these services, but the HOA resident pays twice for the same service and with an
incompetent board gets neither service.
The logical assumption is that HOA directors are
competent managers of assessment funds. Nothing could be further from
reality. Incompetent board members have very little managerial experience
and must engage attorneys to make decisions. As a consequence of incompetent
management and no action or support from the city, the roads and street
lighting do not get repaired and owners endure the hardship.
The HOA board members contract with vendors, without a background check, who
have numerous criminal, legal and ethical violations including management
sexual harassment, lawsuits, multiple DUIs, military desertion, theft and
other criminal records.
Not only do HOA members endure double taxation but
incompetent decisions by their board of directors as well.