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.