Board reduces POA dues by $4 per month

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The big news coming out of Tuesday night’s CLPOA Board of Directors meeting is that annual dues will decrease by $48, or $4 per month. Many people were also happy to hear that the registration fee for non-motorized watercraft has been dropped from the Fee Schedule.

After Directors discussed several revisions to the Fee Schedule and turned their attention to Annual Assessments, Director Bruce Yarbrough presented a motion to reduce the dues on every tract and lot by $4 per month.

He explained how an extra $4 per month was added to the Annual Assessment in 2012 to cover legal expenses in connection with two lawsuits the Association faced at that time. Now that those lawsuits are done, Bruce asked the Board to consider reducing funding on two capital improvement projects in the budget in order to lower monthly dues.

With little discussion, Directors unanimously approved the reduction. The modifications were made in the Annual Budget and that, too, was approved.

There was good news for those who have non-motorized watercraft like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. The newly approved Fee Schedule no longer calls for an annual registration fee of $45 for those vessels. It was noted at the meeting that there are some 1,200 non-motorized watercraft registered in Canyon Lake; so the change would result in significant annual savings to individuals who own two or more of those items.

One of the presentations at Tuesday’s meetings was an explanation by Controller Bryan Knechtel on how the Association’s collection process works and the effectiveness of that process in recent years with regard to bad debt and delinquencies.

In his update on the lake lease, Corporate Counsel Scott Levine explained an administrative claim the Association sent to the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District on February 17. The water district has until the end of March to respond to the claim or it will go before a judge. He also mentioned a lawsuit brought against Canyon Lake property owners with short term vacation rentals. Rentals less than 30 days are considered the same as “hotel use” and subject to transient occupancy tax, he said.

The meeting was long and included a number of comments and discussions. During the Member Comment period for non-agenda items, several members brought up concerns with changes to spending limits in the proposed Bylaws. Another item of interest is the possibility the Golf Course will be opened to the public two days a week.

Because of technical difficulties in both TV and streaming, home viewers missed many of the member comments at the beginning of the meeting. Watch replays of the meeting at www.canyonlakepoa.com, Time Warner Channel 29 and Verizon Channel 39.

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