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  • 19 May 2010 11:37 AM
    Message # 346213
    Deleted user
    We are a newly formed statutory road association. We have 29 landowners, 2 of which have commericial campgrounds with seasonal sites that are leased. We have significant work to do on our road and are trying to raise the necessary funds (approx. $40K). Our assessment language is based on "access" and treats all landowners and seasonal campers in "registered sites that are subject to personal property or excise tax" by the town, the same. The campgound owners and their campers are saying no way, even though they create 75% of the traffic on the road... do you know of other associations with similar challenges? Any suggestions? Thank you....
  • 20 May 2010 7:11 AM
    Reply # 346702 on 346213
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Bob Harkins wrote:We are a newly formed statutory road association. We have 29 landowners, 2 of which have commericial campgrounds with seasonal sites that are leased. We have significant work to do on our road and are trying to raise the necessary funds (approx. $40K). Our assessment language is based on "access" and treats all landowners and seasonal campers in "registered sites that are subject to personal property or excise tax" by the town, the same. The campgound owners and their campers are saying no way, even though they create 75% of the traffic on the road... do you know of other associations with similar challenges? Any suggestions? Thank you....
    The assessment language is subject to revision by majority vote of the association, is it not?
  • 21 May 2010 7:21 AM
    Reply # 347233 on 346702
    Deleted user
    Betsy Connor Bowen wrote:
    Bob Harkins wrote:We are a newly formed statutory road association. We have 29 landowners, 2 of which have commericial campgrounds with seasonal sites that are leased. We have significant work to do on our road and are trying to raise the necessary funds (approx. $40K). Our assessment language is based on "access" and treats all landowners and seasonal campers in "registered sites that are subject to personal property or excise tax" by the town, the same. The campgound owners and their campers are saying no way, even though they create 75% of the traffic on the road... do you know of other associations with similar challenges? Any suggestions? Thank you....
    The assessment language is subject to revision by majority vote of the association, is it not?

    Yes, it is. However, the 27 camp/cottage/landowners feel strongly that, given the traffic generated by the campgrounds, want the campgrounds to participate at a higher level than an individual owner.... one of the campground owners has 60 seasonal sites and had never contributed...
  • 21 May 2010 7:52 AM
    Reply # 347238 on 347233
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Bob Harkins wrote:
    Betsy Connor Bowen wrote:
    Bob Harkins wrote:We are a newly formed statutory road association. We have 29 landowners, 2 of which have commericial campgrounds with seasonal sites that are leased. We have significant work to do on our road and are trying to raise the necessary funds (approx. $40K). Our assessment language is based on "access" and treats all landowners and seasonal campers in "registered sites that are subject to personal property or excise tax" by the town, the same. The campgound owners and their campers are saying no way, even though they create 75% of the traffic on the road... do you know of other associations with similar challenges? Any suggestions? Thank you....
    The assessment language is subject to revision by majority vote of the association, is it not?

    Yes, it is. However, the 27 camp/cottage/landowners feel strongly that, given the traffic generated by the campgrounds, want the campgrounds to participate at a higher level than an individual owner.... one of the campground owners has 60 seasonal sites and had never contributed...
    The method of assessment is set by majority vote. If the majority feels that use is a criterion, then the association by vote sets the fees that way and the statute is behind the association with its conferred power to collect, it seems to me.
  • 21 May 2010 9:30 AM
    Reply # 347274 on 346213
    Deleted user
    Do you know of other road associations with a mix of commercial entities and private landowners as members? and how they deal with the assessment of fees? Thanks,
  • 22 May 2010 4:24 AM
    Reply # 347665 on 347274
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Bob Harkins wrote:Do you know of other road associations with a mix of commercial entities and private landowners as members? and how they deal with the assessment of fees? Thanks,
    I have heard of a situation in Windham with a day care center on a private road. I don't know how they dealt with it under the new statute. I am sure there are more. Perhaps someone else reading your post will know of more.

  • 22 May 2010 4:25 AM
    Reply # 347666 on 347665
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Betsy Connor Bowen wrote:
    Bob Harkins wrote:Do you know of other road associations with a mix of commercial entities and private landowners as members? and how they deal with the assessment of fees? Thanks,
    I have heard of a situation in Windham with a day care center on a private road. I don't know how they dealt with it under the new statute. I am sure there are more. Perhaps someone else reading your post will know of more.

    PS Assessed valuation is another mode of assessment.

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