President Report – December 2018

Well, 2018 will soon be coming to an end, and while certain things wind down, we will begin to start on initiatives for next year!
Dues Structure Initiative
One of those initiatives is coming out of the Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) and involves our dues structure. Blue Ridge currently has two sets of dues: Common Membership (CM), which is our obligatory HOA dues ($1010 in 2018) that all residents must pay, and the optional Community-Plus Membership dues (CM+ for an additional $585) where members gain access to the pool and tennis facilities. The LRPC has been charged with investigating the implications of moving to a single-tier dues structure where everyone would have access to pool and tennis facilities and pay the same dues.
Ever since I came on the Board, this has been a topic of conversation. There are a number of reasons to consider the move. The primary reason is that it would enable all residents to share more equally in both the cost and benefits of the pool and tennis amenities. Additionally, from the management perspective, it would reduce administrative hassle and costs and would follow a more typical HOA model.
The first task that the committee worked on this past year was an analysis of the costs of the pool and tennis operations in relation to dues income. Recognizing that there is a long history of the current dues structure and that there may be a range of opinions about this, the committee also developed a survey. We want to better understand more about our community and the reasons they choose, or not choose, to be a CM+ member. And we want to get opinions on moving to a single set of dues.
Dues Survey. So……let us know what you think! Please Click Here to take the approximate 5 minute Survey. Or a link can also be found on our website at www.BlueRidgeSeattle.com .
In March and April of 2019 we will hold “Town Hall” meetings to share the results of the survey and discuss the potential of a single set of dues.
More festive things
As we approach the end of the year, I want to wish everyone a happy holiday season and offer best wishes for the New Year. I hope everyone will be able to make the Holiday Open House at the Clubhouse on December 6 at 5:30. Although, it is mixing it up to be on a Thursday night, rumor has it that Santa and Mrs. Claus will still be in attendance. See you there!

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