You know I can’t end a Chairman’s message without letting you know where we are with regard to long-term funding! The Board has continued to study several different funding means this past month, including holding a simpler “Funding” referendum, imposing new fees on previously free services, or (as previously reported) implementing a “tax district uniform service fee”. I am hoping that we can announce our intended approach(es) at our March 31 CSA Board Meeting. I admit to some amusement/frustration when I read various emails and Facebook postings insisting that CSA has decided on a funding mechanism that won’t work, or one that is illegal. Let me be clear: we have not made any decisions yet and we won’t until we’ve done a thorough due diligence (including legal review) to be sure that what we propose can be implemented legally and effectively. We know that each funding idea has its positive aspects and support and some opposition, too. Because I am confident that almost everyone in Sea Pines recognizes the need for funding, I am truly hopeful that our community will rally and support whatever means we adopt after this thorough analysis, as being in all of our best interests.
I was very pleased that many property owners responded to my last message and did, indeed, send comments and concerns directly to my attention at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am equally pleased that we were able to consider all those comments and start to address those concerns. So I again invite you to let us know what’s working, what may not be working well, and what we can do to make Sea Pines an even better place to live. This is your community and we are committed to making it the best Sea Pines it can be!