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What basis does your association use to set assessments?

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  • 20 Apr 2010 9:37 AM
    Reply # 328329 on 195365
    The recent posts on whether or not plowing in winter should be done at all and if so, whether winter residents should share the cost, truly illustrate the challenges of keeping a road association going. Fact is, there is no one answer to this. The legislature recognized that road associations are all different (how many seasonal, where people are on the road, etc.) and decided to "let the majority rule." The law leaves it up to the association, if it can, to listen to all sides of the argument and then decide.

    It seems that legitimate arguments on both sides are being expressed here and that is good. Feelings can get hurt and people sometimes feel their case is just but overlooked. If neighborliness wins out over time, you have a good road association. Our association's majority chose to winter plow and made a split between winter and summer shares of the cost. It didn't make everybody happy, certainly not at first.

    The take-away is that the process went forward, not what the method of apportioning costs was. Because that might not be the choice of the majority elsewhere.   
  • 06 May 2010 6:59 AM
    Reply # 336504 on 195950
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    Ray Ronan wrote:An additonal thought on this topic, just an opinion.  Here in Windham, the town plows and picks up our trash.  One of the criteria for these services is having a large turnaround at the end of the road.  I would suppose that all benefit from the entire road in order to get these services at a great savings to the residents.  Without a safe turn around for large vehicles those services might run the risk of being discontinued. 

    Ray , I am curious as to what kind of private association you belong to that the town plows and picks up trash on your road? Alanna
  • 06 May 2010 12:39 PM
    Reply # 336658 on 195365
    Deleted user
    It is just a road association formed under the state statute.  We are extremely fortunate to have a road that meets Windham's safety standards for large vehicle turn around and no hazards to speak of so they (the town) allow trash pick up and town plowing.  After all, we are paying taxes too LOL.
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