It’s Budget Season
Starting in August each year, a good deal of time is spent in QuickBooks and Excel to help develop the annual operating budget . To determine our expenses we annually analyze maintenance and use of grounds and facilities, solicit vendor estimates, and review utility rate changes to create a budget that incorporates audit and reserve study recommendations. Several versions and untold hours create the first draft for board review. Then, back to the drawing board to incorporate edits and 3 rd quarter financials for final review. Every line item is scrutinized and various scenarios are created until board members can approve a final version for November’s budget ratification.
It’s tedious work but a critical component for managing the community’s financial health and protecting home values.
Wile E Coyotes
Wildlife safety is outside my professional expertise, but from time to time we receive homeowner inquiries about coyotes and here’s what we’ve learned so far.
At first glance, the coyote resembles a small German shepherd dog, yet its color can vary from animal to animal. Adult coyotes weigh 20 to 35 pounds and prey on small mammals such as rats, mice, rabbits, and carrion. In Washington, you will find these intelligent and adaptable animals occupying almost every conceivable habitat type, including downtown waterfronts at any time, day or night. Coyotes create a variety of vocalizations. Woofs and growls are short-distance threat and alarm calls; barks and bark-howls are long-distance threat and alarm calls; whines are used in greetings; lone and group howls are given between separated group members when food has been found; and a yip-howl is often done after a group reunites. Juvenile coyotes are often heard in summer, trying out their voices.
Humans increase the likelihood of coyote conflicts by deliberately or inadvertently feeding the animals, whether by handouts or by providing access to food sources such as garbage, food debris, or pet food. When people provide food, coyotes quickly lose their natural fear of humans and become increasingly territorial and aggressive.
Blue Ridge ravines, greenbelts and nearby parks, Carkeek and Golden Gardens, provide habitat and prey for many wildlife, including coyotes. Human encroachment and easy access to food waste has made coyotes considered part of urban living. Wildlife professionals explain they aren’t necessarily aggressive, will usually ignore or avoid humans, but for the safety of small pets we should follow leash laws.
The coyote’s tenacity tries some people’s patience and inspires others’ admiration. To learn how to prevent conflicts and fencing ideas, please click on the below links:
I hope everyone enjoyed summer and looking forward to the colors of fall.