Time for our annual budget reminders!
Here are a few important things to know about Board responsibilities and Budgeting:
- The Board is required to prepare an annual budget for the association each year.
- A copy of the proposed budget must be delivered to owners at least 25 days before the Board votes at a meeting to approve it.
- Notice of the Board meeting to approve the budget must be delivered to owners at least 10 days prior to the meeting.
- Owners do not vote on the budget, only Board members. However...
- If an assessment increase would result in a 15% or more increase over TOTAL income for the prior year (including Special Assessments), then owners have the right to petition for an owner vote on the budget.
Please see more about Budgets from these helpful CCR articles:
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Even while more people receive the vaccine, CDC guidelines remain the same, including hand washing, social distancing, and mask wearing.
Therefore, vaccinated residents still need to take precautions by wearing a mask in public spaces and not gathering in large groups.
Vaccinated residents who refuse to wear face coverings are also calling for amenities to reopen, which could expose associations to liability.
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