Dues might rise 30% for Baca Grande property owners

BACA GRANDE SUBDIVISION — Reported incorrectly in the Sept. 8 issue of the Center Post-Dispatch, the Baca Grande Property Owners Association meeting on Oct. 15 will not address township. Instead, the annual meeting includes a final vote tally for the three candidates running unopposed.

During a Meet the Candidates gathering at the POA meeting hall on Sept. 8, the candidates fielded questions from property owners. LeRoy West and Alison McClure sat together in the room, and Claudia Wolfe appeared on-screen via ZOOM.

The current board includes President Diego Martinez, Vice President LeRoy West, Treasurer Sugandha Brooks, Member at Large Alison McClure, and departing Secretary Ed Sbarbaro.

The board’s monthly meeting will take place at the POA Hall at 10 a.m. on Sept. 15. Like the last POA board meeting, money management will likely be the top issue (considering an annual dues increase of 30 percent).

With more than 90 percent of revenue coming from property owner dues, the POA budget lacks flexibility. The board scheduled an “Informational Exchange” meeting for Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. so board members and property owners can discuss the 2023 budget.

Other advisory boards for the Baca Grande POA include the Environmental and Architectural Committee (EAC) and the Violations Appeals Panel. These volunteer groups are composed of property owners who are in good standing.

Designed for adjudicating covenant compliance violations, the EAC includes four members, and the VAP features three different people. The monthly EAC meeting for Sept. 14 included five issues to address, one of which is on the VAP radar.